Musgrave falls ill but battles on in Sochi 50km mass start

23 February 2014 / 10:27

Andrew Musgrave admitted there was no way he was going to pull out of his final event at the Winter Olympics despite suffering an untimely bout of illness.

Musgrave nursed a fever the night before the final cross-country skiing event at the Games, the 50km mass start, but raced on anyway.

He finished 53rd in a time of 1:57:08.9 hours and insisted not participating in his Sochi finale because of his illness was never an option.

“I didn’t feel so great, I am little bit ill, I had a bit of a fever,” said Musgrave, who secured Britain’s best ever cross-country skiing finish at the Games after placing 27th in the sprint prologue and reaching the quarter-finals.

“But I thought I may as well race. It is the Olympics and it comes around once every four years and it might have gone well. In the Tour de France guys race with broken collarbones, if I have only got a sore throat and a cold I just thought ‘I may as well just go’.

“If I am healthy next week I will be racing in Finland and then up in Norway the week after that. I have got stuff to focus on ahead of this.

“And I am glad that we do have a World Championships next year, it gives me something to focus on after a disappointment here.”

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