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Murphy completes Winter Olympics milestone

Tucker Murphy achieved a personal milestone after becoming only the second Bermudian to compete at three Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea overnight.

The 36-year-old athlete competed in the 15km freestyle cross -country skiing event at the Alpensia Cross Country Skiing Centre, where he placed 104th in a field of 118 competitors in a time of 43min 5sec.

Murphy joins Patrick Singleton, who competed in both the luge and skeleton, as the only other Bermudian to appear at three Winter Games.

The former Saltus student finished 88th on his Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010 before improving on that display with an 84th-place finish in Sochi four years later.

Murphy is the third Bermudian behind Simon Payne and Singleton to compete at the Games and first in skiing.

Switzerland's Dario Cologna won the gold medal in 33:43. Norway's Simen Hegstad won the silver with a time of 34:02 and Russian Denis Spitsov the bronze in 34:06.

Spitsov is among the 169 Russians invited by the International Olympic Committee after meeting the anti-doping criteria to compete as independent athletes and are referred to as “Olympic Athletes from Russia”.

Russia are banned from the Games and the forthcoming Winter Paralympics, as a consequence of the 2016 McLaren report, which claimed that more than 1,000 of the country's sportspeople benefited from state-sponsored doping.

Tucker Murphy finished 104th in Pyeongchang (Photograph by Matthias Schrader/AP)

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Published February 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm (Updated February 16, 2018 at 2:43 pm)

Murphy completes Winter Olympics milestone

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