February 22, 2018 / 5:22 AM / 24 days ago

Cross-country skiing: Norway golden boy Klaebo to skip 50km

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - Norwegian cross-country skiier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has decided three gold medals is enough at the Pyeongchang Games and is skipping Saturday’s 50km race and heading home instead, his team has said.

Cross-Country Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Team Sprint Free Finals - Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 21, 2018. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway celebrates winning gold. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The 21-year-old started slowly at his first Olympics but then burst into life on the cross-country track, winning the individual sprint and the 4x10km relay before storming to his final gold in the team sprint on Wednesday.

“Johannes decided early today that enough is enough. He is satisfied with good races and says that he doesn’t feel motivated to do a whole 50km race here at the Olympics,” team boss Tor Arne Hetland told state broadcaster NRK.

Klaebo’s place in the race is now expected to be taken by either Emil Iversen or Didrik Toenseth.

Reporting by Philip O'Connor; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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