Briton Andrew Musgrave achieves country's best Winter Olympics result in cross-country skiing

Andrew Musgrave competes in the 15km x 15km skiathlon event on Sunday

Musgrave competed strongly in the 15km x 15km skiathlon event to finish seventh

Britain's Andrew Musgrave finished a battling seventh as Norway claimed all three medals in the men's 30km skiathlon at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

At the halfway stage of Sunday's race - after the 15km portion contested in the classic style that is Musgrave's weaker suit - the Briton lay in 12th place, just 8.2 seconds behind the leader. "I felt awesome with about a lap and a half to go and I felt that I would be in the fight for the victory", said Musgrave, who is also entered in the team sprint. "I'm here to fight for a win".

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"It does give me a bit of confidence".

"It's a decent result but I'm not at the Olympics to come seventh".

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On Friday, in his preferred event of the 15km freestyle, Musgrave, 27, hopes to do precisely that.

The Norwegians made a decision to take turns at the front of the pack with Kreuger making his way up the ranks from the back of the pack to breaking away in the last three kilometres, a move that was decisive in his gold medal win.

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Krueger stormed clear of the field on the closing two laps to claim gold, his impressive victory all the more remarkable after an early fall which left him some way adrift of the leading group.

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