Andrew Musgrave claims GB's best Nordic skiing result with fourth in 50km

Andrew Musgrave
Briton Andrew Musgrave missed out on a medal by just 1.5 seconds in the 50km freestyle

Andrew Musgrave recorded Great Britain's best-ever Nordic skiing result by finishing fourth in the 50km freestyle at the World Cross Country Skiing Championships.

The 26-year-old Scot missed out on a medal by 1.5 seconds after working his way through the elite field in Lahti, Finland.

The race was won by Canadian Alex Harvey in 1:46:28.9.

Russia's Sergey Ustiugov took silver, with Finland's Matti Heikkinen third.

He said: "I am pretty happy, it was a good race, but at the same time I am a little bit disappointed that I didn't have a stronger finish and get onto the podium.

"I have got stronger in every race I have done and I have never done so well in a 50km so it is awesome.

"I have a lot of confidence going into the next World Cup and hopefully I can pull out a few more good races."

It was a tremendous performance by Musgrave, whose previous best result was sixth in a World Cup 15km.

Elsewhere at the 2017 World Championships, he finished 12th in the 15km Classic and 11th in the 30km skiathlon.

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