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Andrew Young of Great Britain competes in the Cross-Country Men's 15k race during the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships at Langlauf Arena Seefeld on February 27, 2019 in Seefeld, Austria

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ByPete Sharland
02/04/2019 at 17:08 | Updated 02/04/2019 at 18:12
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British Snowsport have confirmed that cross-country skier Andrew Young has been subsequently awarded a World Cup podium place following an appeal.

The incident in question was the final race of the season, the 15km pursuit of the World Cup Finals in Quebec.

Young, 27, finished fourth, behind American Simeon Hamilton.

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However the Brit actually finished before Hamilton, with the American setting off in the same wave as Young, which led to the appeal.

The FIS have agreed that there was an error and have subsequently updated Young’s finish to third, just the second World Cup podium of his career.

It is the fifth podium in Britain’s cross-country World Cup history.

“It’s fantastic news that they’ve come around,” said Young. “It was all quite bizarre – you feel like you’ve worked pretty hard to get onto the podium but you hope common sense will prevail.

Definitely one of the goals of the season was to get World Cup points in distance skiing, not just the sprints, so to now get a podium, it’s really satisfying to get that done.

“When you get a good result before Christmas, sometimes that’s forgotten if you don’t finish off the season well, but to get a top three at World Cup Finals, it definitely gives you a bit more motivation and I’m already thinking of things we can do once the first of May comes around and we’re back at it.”

Britain's Andrew Young competes in the Men's 15km cross-country (classic) event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships on February 27, 2019 in Seefeld, Austria.

Image credit: Getty Images

“By their own admission FIS indicated in their decision that there is some confusion in the rules as to how the result was originally calculated,” added Dan Hunt, GB Snowsport performance director.

“Importantly, there’s mechanisms in place to try and get the result corrected and we’re pleased that the Appeals Commission saw it the same way we did.

“It doesn’t give Andrew that podium moment back, but the recognition of him earning a top three place at a World Cup is ultimately what the appeal was all about and we achieved what we set out to do.”

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