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Sport Winter Olympics: How the Aussies fared on day one in Pyeongchang

02:12  11 february  2018
02:12  11 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Australia's Alex Ferlazzo competes in the men's luge singles run 1 during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang.© MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images Australia's Alex Ferlazzo competes in the men's luge singles run 1 during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 10, 2018 in Pyeongchang. It was a low-key opening for the Australian contingent on the opening day of competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with only a handful of athletes in competition.

The first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics were up for grabs in the women's skiathlon — a 15-kilometre skiing haul that combines endurance with power.

The two Aussies in action, Barbara Jezersek (39th) and Jess Yeaton (50th), were both pleased to finish in the top 50 but were a long way away from the medals.

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A massive wipe out in the men's speed skating and a couple of top-50 finishes in the women's skiathlon — here's how the Aussie contingent fared on the first day at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics .

Jezersek was competing for Australia for the first time, having competed for Slovenia in Sochi and Vancouver, and still has the 10km and 15km free ski events to come, while Yeaton said her result was "better than expected".

Italy's Yuri Confortola, Australia's Andy Jung, Belgium's Jens Maurits Almey and Canada's Charles Hamelin take part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat.© Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images Italy's Yuri Confortola, Australia's Andy Jung, Belgium's Jens Maurits Almey and Canada's Charles Hamelin take part in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating heat. In the men's speed skating, there was chaos and controversy in Andy Jung's first heat.

He was involved in a collision that saw two competitors get wiped out of the race, before finishing fourth of the remaining skaters.

Normally, only the top three progress to the semi-finals, but after judges ruled the Italian skater was at fault for the incident, Jung was awarded a spot in the semis along with the rest of the field.

That was as far as Jung would go though, with a fifth-place finish in the first semi-final not enough to earn him a spot in either the A or B final.

Alex Ferlazzo finished his second run in the men's luge 22nd, and will look to improve in run three tonight.

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