The last event of the PyeongChang Games wrapped up for the NZ team this evening with speed skaters Peter Michael and Reyon Kay competing in the Mass Start.

Reyon suffered a crash in semi-finals one while team-mate Peter won the second semi-final heat to progress through to the 16-man final. Both arcers came in to tonight's race aiming for top finishes.

"I wanted to attached straight away and see if I could get off the front," said Reyon. "I just hit the boot on the ice and went down, there was nothing I could do about it. I gave it my best to try and catch up but as soon as the front break got off the front, that was it. I'm pretty gutted."

Peter fought a tactical race to claim his spot in the finals.

"My speed is not quite as quick as some of the others so i was always looking to back end the race," he explains. "I realised the only chance to make the finals was to win the final sprint which was a little more stressful than I would have liked. I managed to squeeze through so that was a boost to the confidence."

On to the finals and the goal was clear.

"With my fourth places in the race prior I was just racing for a medal," said Peter. "I did want to get that chance so I positioned myself near the frontand tried to maintain a good position so that when the chance arose I could have a go. Turns out I waited a half a lap too late."

Peter finished in 15th place.

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Peter Michael
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