Alexander Bolshunov blew away the rest of the competition to win the men's skiathlon and claim the ROC's first gold at Beijing 2022.
The 25-year-old led from the start, finishing the 30km cross-country skiing event in one hour, 16 minutes and 9.8 seconds.
With a comfortable lead heading into the final corner, Bolshunov was able to be handed a ROC flag -- white, blue and red twisting flames above the Olympic rings -- from the crowd, carrying it aloft across the line before bellowing in celebration.
The 25-year-old Russian picked up three silvers and a bronze four years ago in Pyeongchang, but now finally has his hand on an Olympic gold medal.
Bolshunov's ROC teammate Denis Spitsov finished in second position, a minute and 11 seconds behind, while Finland's Iivo Niskanen takes bronze.