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Zagitova wins first gold for Olympic Athletes from Russia

Alina Zagitova wins first gold for Olympic Athletes from Russia
Alina Zagitova wins first gold for Olympic Athletes from Russia
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The 15-year-old beat her best friend and compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva to grab the Olympic title


A stunning and spectacular free skating performance saw Russia's Alina Zagitova win gold in the women's single figure skating.

The 15-year-old's record setting short programme, which included six triple jumps, also gave the Olympic Athletes from Russia team its first top honour at the Winter Games.

Her training partner and compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva finished a close second.

Russians in Pyeongchang are competing as neutrals, a penalty imposed over allegations that the nation systematically manipulated anti-doping testing at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Some of Russia's top athletes, however, were not cleared to compete by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).)

Men's 4x7.5km Relay

Sweden emerged victorious over Norway in the bialthlon battle for gold in the men's four by seven and half kilometre relay.

The final leg was a frenetic fight between Sweden's Fredrik Lindstroem and Emil Hegle Svendsen.

In the end, the Swede held his nerve better on the final shoot and then skied away to win by 56 seconds.

Ladies' Ski Cross Big Final

Canada continued its domination of women's ski cross as Kelsey Serwa sealed gold ahead of her compatriot and best friend Brittany Phelan.

Switzerland's Fanny Smith edged Sweden's Sandra Naesland in a bitter battle for bronze.

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