Australians bow out in team sprint semifinals

Jessica Yeaton of Team Australia competes during the Women's Cross-Country Team Sprint. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Australia's teams have failed to qualify for the sprint classic finals in Olympic cross country skiing as the German women claimed an improbable gold medal.

In the men's event, Norwegian Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo made history when he claimed his second-straight sprint double at the Olympics

Australians Jess Yeaton and Casey Wright were eighth out of 12 finishers in their semi-final at Zhangjiakou, with only the top four progressing to contest the medals.

Germany won the semi in 23 minutes 2.08 seconds and the Australians were 2:11.34 off the pace.

In the men's event, Seve de Camp and Phil Bellingham had a tighter semi-final before they also dropped off the pace.

Norway won their semi in 20:17.28 and the Australians finished 11th out of 13, 1:00.07 behind.

Victoria Carl stepped in at short notice for Germany to combine with Katharina Hennig.

Carl was a late replacement for Katherine Sauerbrey, who was not feeling well before their semi-final.

After winning their semi heat, the Germans then wore down the highly fancied Swedish team for a shock gold medal.

Carl passed sprint gold medallist Jonna Sundling on the home straight of the 6x1.5km event to win by just .17 of a second in 22:09.85, with the Russians third at .71.

In the men's final, Klaebo and Erik Valnes won in 19:22.99, with Finland 2.46 behind for the silver and the Russians third at 4.29.

Klaebo is the first man to win the team and individual sprint events in cross country skiing at successive Olympics.

He also won silver in the 4x10km relay and bronze in the 15km classic at Beijing.