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Masako Ishida placed third in the women’s skiathlon at a cross country World Cup meet on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese to secure a podium finish in the race.

At a test event for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, Ishida clocked 45 minutes, 9.5 seconds in the 15-km race split into the classic and free technique. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland won in 43:54.7, followed by Elizabeth Stephen of the United States (44.50.7).

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