A mixed NOC team sprint event took place at St Moritz ©OIS

Individual ambitions were put to one side on the penultimate day of Lausanne 2020 speed skating competition, as a 16-team mixed National Olympic Committee (NOC) sprint event was held in St Moritz.

Athletes were separated into teams of four, featuring two male and two female skaters.

Finland's Sini Siro, Japan's Yoshida Yukino, Austria's Ignaz Gschwentner and Russian Alexander Sergeev were placed together.

The quartet, named Team Three, proved the fastest on the frozen lake in the relay format.

They first took the lead when Yukino completed her leg of the event, with Gschwentner and Sergeev holding on to the advantage.

A time of 2min and 4.10sec proved enough to secure the gold medal.

It gave Siro, Gschwentner and Sergeev their first podium finish of the Games, while Yukino added gold to her individual bronze medal in the women's 500 metres.

Men's 1,500m champion Motonaga Arito helped guide Team 16 to the silver medal.

The Japanese skater combined with Finland's Laura Kivioja, Poland’s Daria Kopacz and Britain's Theo Collins to finish runners-up in 2:05.92.

Three of Finland's four skaters finished the mixed NOC competition with medals, as Tuukka Suomalainen won bronze as part of Team 14.

Ramona Ionel of Romania, Russia's Valeriia Sorokoletova and the United States' Jonathan Tobon also featured as part of the team.

The quartet completed the event in a time of 2:05.92.

The focus will switch back to individual competitions tomorrow.

The men's and women's mass start events will be the final speed skating medals of the Games.