Togo's Petitjean fails to qualify for alpine sprint quarters

Flag bearer Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean of Togo leads the team during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Togo alpine skier Mathilde-Amivi Petitjean's first event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang didn't go to plan as she failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the ladies' Cross Country Sprint Classic.

French-born and raised Petitjean finished 59th out of 68 skiers on Tuesday, with only the top 30 progressing further. Petitjean finished the 1.2km course in 3 minutes and 45 seconds, which was 37 seconds slower than winner Stina Nilsson of Sweden.

It's not the end of the South Korean adventure for Petitjean though, as she still has the 10km cross country event to go, on 15 February.

In 2014, Petitjean, who qualifies through her Togolese mother, competed for Togo at the Sochi Olympics in the 10km race, and finished 68th out of 75 athletes.