Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Alexander Bolshunov after he received the 30km skiathlon and the Russian Olympic Committee’s (ROC) first gold medal on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
“From the underside of my coronary heart I congratulate you in your triumph on the Olympic Winter Video games in Beijing,” Putin wrote in a message which appeared on the Kremlin web site.
“You’ve brilliantly opened the ‘golden rating’ of our group, confirmed wonderful preventing qualities on some of the advanced distances, assured profitable angle.”
“I’m satisfied that your efficiency will turn out to be an inspiring instance for all of our Olympians. I want you new successes, well being and all the perfect. Nicely carried out!” Putin completed.
Bolshunov rallied again from falling firstly of the race to attain his feat with a implausible time of 1:16:09.8 in freezing cross-country snowboarding circumstances, which was a minute and 11 seconds quicker than compatriot Denis Spitsov who took residence silver.
Taking an ROC flag from the gang earlier than he crossed the end line and bowed, Bolshunov improved on a second-place exhibiting at Pyeongchang 2018 the place he claimed three silver medals and one bronze.
“After I went one minute clear, I spotted that was it, that is sufficient – it is time to rejoice,” Bolshunov remarked after by way of a translator.
“The end with the flag was one thing unreal. I wish to dedicate this victory to all of the followers – those that supported me and believed. To my household, who supported me probably the most.
“I additionally wish to congratulate my father, who had his birthday yesterday. There was no present yesterday, however I understood that the following day was a race, and the primary present that I can provide him is what I did in the present day,” Bolshunov completed.
The ROC’s medal tally improved to 4 after Bolshunov’s show, as two silvers and a bronze have been achieved elsewhere within the competitors.
On Monday, the quantity of golds captured is tipped to double within the determine skating Workforce Occasion the place the ROC enjoys the lead over the US on 45 factors to 42.
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