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Pyeongchang 2018: Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins second gold with giant slalom triumph

Pyeongchang 2018: Austria's Marcel Hirscher wins second gold with giant slalom triumph
Copyright REUTERS/Mike Segar
Copyright REUTERS/Mike Segar
By Euronews
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Norway and Germany both have nine golds at the top of the medal table, at the halfway point of the Winter Olympics.

Men’s giant slalom

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Austria’s Marcel Hirscher finishes first with a total time of 2:18.04 ahead of Norwegian skier Henrik Kristoffersen (2:19.31) and France’s Alexis Pinturault (2:19.35). This is the second Olympic gold for Hirscher in Pyeongchang.

(Reuters)
Marcel Hirscher (Reuters)

Freestyle Skiing

Norwegian skier Oystein Braaten takes gold in the Men's Ski Slopestyle. USA’s Nick Goepper comes in second and Canada’s Alex Beaulieu wins bronze. 

(Reuters)
Oystein Braaten(Reuters)

In the Men's Aerials event there's victory for Ukraine's Oleksandr Abrameno.

Biathlon

The combined skiing and shooting contest literally goes down to the wire with a photo finish between Martin Fourcade of France and Germany's Simon Schempp in the 15m mass start.

The Frenchman - who had lost out in a similar finish in 2014 - thinks he has been denied again but the photo reveals he has finished millimetres ahead of his rival. So Fourcade has his fourth Olympic gold.

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The photo finish between Simon Schempp of Germany (L) and Martin Fourcade of France (R), who was judged to have won(Reuters)

Cross-Country Skiing

Norway take gold in the Men's 4 x 10km Relay, ahead of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team in silver, and France in bronze.

Speed Skating

There's disappointment for the home crowd as South Korea's Lee Sang-Hwa - going for a third gold in a row in the women's 500m - is beaten by Japan's Nao Kodaira who breaks the Olympic record.

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Lee Sang-Hwa of South Korea (L) comes second behind Japan's Nao Kodaira (R) in the Women's 500m Speed Skating(Reuters)

Medal count — which countries have the won the most gold medals?

Norway now heads the medal table ahead of Germany. Both have nine golds, but Norway's overall total of 26 medals puts the country top. The Netherlands is third with six golds. 

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