Yoshihiro Nitta claimed a first World Cup victory in nearly five years on the final day of the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Pyeongchang today.
It was a good sign for Asian Paralympic sports in a competition doubling as a test event for next year's Winter Games here.
The Japanese skier won the men's 10 kilometres standing middle distance cross country race in 26:25.80 to beat Ukrainian duo Ihor Reptyukh, 26:49.50, and Grigorii Vovchynskyi, 27:00.0.
It was his first World Cup win since 2012 and completed a fruitful week which also included a sprint silver.
Oleksandra Kononova ensured Ukraine did enjoy some golden success, however, in the corresponding women's 7.5km event.
She triumphed in 27:17.50 to top a Ukrainian 1-2-3 in which Liudmyla Liashenko took silver, in 23:50.20.
Ukrainian compatriot Iuliia Batenkova won the bronze, in 24:28.40.
United States' world champion and overall World Cup leader Oksana Masters continued her dominant streak with victory in the 5km sitting class in 16:11.60.
Belarus’ Liudmila Vauchok clocked 16:48.10 to finish in second place while Germany's World Championship silver medallist Andrea Eskau took bronze, in 16:52.50.
Daniel Cnossen and Andrew Soule secure a United States 1-2 in the men's 7.5km sitting event.
Cnossen clocked 21:34.70 for a first World Cup win of the season to finish 13.80 clear.
South Korea’s Eui Hyun Sin secured a home bronze in 22:20.8.
France’s World Championships silver medallist Thomas Clarion’s won the 7.5km visually impaired race in 27:59.70 alongside guide Antoine Bollet.
Belarus’ Yury Holub and guide Dzmitry Budzilovich took second place in 28:16.50.
United States' Jacob Adicoff and guide Sawyer Kesselheim completed the podium with 28:32.80 for bronze.
Belarus managed to top the podium, however, in the women’s 5km visually impaired event.
Sviatlana Sakhanenka and guide Nafranovich Iryna won their second race at the World Cup in 23:56.20.
They defeated Austria’s Carina Edlinger and guide Julian Josef Edlinger, in 24:23.10, and Ukraine's Oksana Shyshkova and guide Volodymyr Ivanov, in 25:59.0.
Focus will now shift to Sapporo, where the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals are due to begin on Saturday (March 18).