The 23-year-old completed the course in 2:08:05.3 just beating out home favourite Simen Hegstad Krueger to gold.

The Norwegian finished 0.9 seconds behind the Russian, with compatriot Emil Iversen completing the podium, 19.5s off the winning pace.

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The result was Bolshunov's third mass start win in a row and he leads the overall and distance World Cup standings with 2,221 and 1,293 points respectively.

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