Kazakhstani skier Alexey Poltoranin finished in 15th place in the Men’s 50km Mass Start Classic event at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Fans and specialist had good predictions about Alexey Poltoranin at the classic style ski distance because Kazakhstani athlete is a strong performer at this distance. Games in South Korea were the fourth in the career of the skier. At all competitions he showed good results, but he failed to take a top place.
At the Olympics in PyeongChang, the group of skiers from the very start gradually began to stretch. The first replacement of skis, most leaders, including Poltoranin, was held after the second lap. By the 20th kilometer of the race Alexey Poltoranin and Finn Iivo Niskanen began to pull away. Athletes went together until Alexey began to fall behind. At the same time, the Olympic athlete from Russia Alexander Bolshunov shifted to the leaders. The rest of the group, in which there remained no more than 5-6 people, continued to fall behind.
The last lap was fatal for Alexey. As a result, he finished 5 minutes and 15 seconds behind the leader. Finn Iivo Niskanen, whose result was 2 hours 8 minutes 22.1 seconds, became an Olympic champion.
A. Bolshunov took the silver of Olympics (18.7 seconds behind the leader)
Another athlete from Russia Andrey Larkov became the bronze medalist.