December 15 - Russia dominated once again today at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup as its athletes claimed 15 of the 18 medals on offer.
It was the biathlon middle distance competitions that were up for contention in a blustery Canmore with six races taking place.
The windy conditions particularly affected the two early events that saw a lot of wayward shooting in the men's 12.5 kilometre sitting race and the women's 10km sitting race.
It was the Russian athletes who adapted best to the conditions as Vancouver 2010 bronze medallist Roman Petushkov and short distance world champion Grigory Murygin took gold and bronze respectively in the men's event, with silver going to Japan's Kozo Kubo, his second in as many days.
Marta Zaynullina also repeated her performance from yesterday as she took gold in the women's race, leading home the all-Russian podium, which was completed by Nadezda Andreeva and Natalia Kocherova.
It was home favourite Mark Arendz's turn to be the odd one out as he finished second in the men's 12.5km standing event in what was something of a surprise result, with Russia's Aleksandr Iaremchuk taking top spot and compatriot Azat Karachurin claiming the bronze medal.
The Canadian, who took short distance gold at the World Championships earlier this year, rued his two missed shots in the shooting phase that ultimately cost him victory.
"I totally rushed the last shot," he admitted.
"I started to get up before I had finished and that's what caused the miss.
"With the incredible field of athletes out here you have to shoot clean."
Japan's Momoko Dekijima took a second successive bronze in the women's 10km standing competition, and just as she did in yesterday's 6km race, she finished behind the Russian duo of Alena Kaufman and Natalia Bratiuk, only this time it was Bratiuk who took the gold with her compatriot settling for silver.
Once again the visually impaired (VI) events finished with six medals from six for Russia as was the case the day before.
Double Paralympic champion Nikolay Polukhin made it two-from-two as he and guide Andrey Tokarev took the men's 12.5km title in dominant fashion, leaving only two targets standing and finishing a minute clear of the pack, which was led home by Stanislav Chokhlaev and guide Maksim Pirogov.
Oleg Ponomarev and guide Andrei Romanov completed the podium placings.
In the women's 10km race, Iuliia Budaleeva was unable to follow Polukhin as she and guide Tatiana Maltseva could only add silver to their gold from yesterday, finishing behind five-time world champion Elena Remizova and guide Natalia Yakimova, with bronze going to Elvira Kalabina and her guide Irina Sitnikova.
Competition in Canmore are due to conclude on Tuesday (December 17) with the men's and women's long course biathlon races.
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