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PYEONGCHANG - Jessie Diggins came up short in her quest to become the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing, placing sixth.

Sweden's Stina Nilsson won the women's cross-country sprint from Maiken Caspersen of Norway and Yulia Belorukova of OAR.

Yet again, there was no medal for an American woman. Diggins reached the finals after beating out Natalia Nepryaeva, an Olympic athlete from Russia, in a photo finish in the second semifinal heat.

Diggins had the fourth-fastest time overall in the semifinals, but was more than 11 seconds behind the leader in the finals.

Still, she always has a smile on her face, and she was quite pleased with what she was able to accomplish.

"If you had told me at the start of the year that i would make the Olympics Classic Sprint Final I would have been like nope, no way, that's a fun joke," she said. "So just making it for me was a huge step forward and technically you know, I've been working in my class of skiing for years but this year something really clicked and I found some confidence in my striding and my form."

Diggins' next race is the 10K Free Ski on Thursday.

For Nilson, it is the second career medal after taking bronze in Sochi four years ago.