Germany's Martin Fleig won his first biathlon race at an IPC Nordic skiing World Cup for two years on the last day of competition in Western Center in Ukraine.
The 27-year-old claimed first place in the men’s sitting event in 40 min 21.4sec.
Belarus’ Dzmitry Loban took second in 40:29.6 while Ukraine’s Taras Rad secured bronze in a time of 41:06.6 to the delight of his home crowd.
The last time Fleig had won an event was in 2015, when he finished first in the men’s biathlon long distance sitting at a World Cup event in Surnadal in Norway.
Another German secured victory in the women’s equivalent as Andrea Eskau added a fifth victory to her sublime medal haul in Western Center.
Teammate Anja Wicker and Belarus’ Lidziya Hrafeyeva followed her onto the podium in times of 41:10.0 and 43:25.2 respectively.
As throughout the competition, Ukraine proved again to be the dominant force in the sport by performing a clean sweep in two of the remaining four races.
Four-time Paralympic champion Vitaliy Lukyanenko, guided by Borys Babar, finished first in the men’s visually impaired as Ukrainians swept the podium.
Lukyanenko crossed the line in a time of 38:50.0 to claim his second win on home soil.
Anatolii Kovalevskyi and guide Oleksandr Mukshyn finished second in 39:11.0 while Dmytro Suiarko took bronze in 39:57.7, guided by Vasyl Potapenko.
Ukraine’s Sochi 2014 champion Oleksandra Kononova shot clean to win her sixth race in a row on home soil in 29:36.7, showing great form ahead of next month’s World Championships.
Team-mates Liudmyla Liashenko and Iuliia Batenkova ended second and third in 31:09.6 and 33:18.9 respectively.
France’s Benjamin Daviet swept the biathlon races at the World Cup as he collected a third victory in the men’s standing, putting further distance between himself and the other skiers in the overall rankings.
Daviet won in 35:25.9 and was followed by Ukraine’s Ihor Reptyukh in second in a time of 35:50.1 while Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset rounded off the podium in 36:31.4.
In the final race of the World Cup stage, Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova, guided by Vitalii Kazakov, dropped two shots but was still the fastest in the women’s visually impaired as she finished in 33:06.3.
Germany’s Clara Klug and guide Martin Hartl took second in 36:29.2 while Shyskova’s compatriot Olga Prylutska, guided by Borys Babar, completed the podium with her effort of 36:58.0.
This was the last major event before the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships, which will be held in Finsterau in Germany between February 10-19.
The championships are set to feature around 135 athletes from 25 countries.