Hosts Germany celebrated double gold today at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau as Martin Fleig and Anja Wicker triumphed in the respective men's and women's biathlon individual sitting events.
Fleig was the fastest in the men’s sitting with a time of 44min 39.4sec to win his second world title on home snow after claiming gold in the biathlon middle distance event on Saturday (February 11).
"I did not expect this," he said.
"I had a good feeling in the morning but could not imagine the race would be so perfect.
"It is unbelievable that now I am a two-time world champion.
"It is awesome."
Ukraine's Taras Rad clocked 48:01.3 to take his second silver of the competition, while Norway's Trygve Steinar Larsen collected bronze in 49:07.9.
Sochi 2014 Paralympic gold medallist Wicker sealed her first title at this World Championship in the women’s sitting.
The German, who had already won silver in the biathlon middle distance event, came out on top in 43:07.3.
"I am super happy, my biggest dream came true," she said.
"I was hoping this would happen, it was a perfect day for me.
"Whilst I was still competing, I heard that Martin had already won gold and that motivated me to do the same."
Belarus' Lidziya Hrafeyeva came second in 46:05.2 and the United States' Oksana Masters finished third in 46:43.7.
Frenchman Benjamin Daviet was the fastest in the men's standing in 38:33.7, adding a gold to his haul after taking silver in the biathlon middle distance event on Saturday.
Canada's Mark Arendz and Norway's Nils-Erik Ulset followed him onto the podium after posting times of 39:21.9 and 40:26.7 respectively.
In the women's equivalent event, Ukraine's Liudmyla Liashenko won her second gold with a time of 39:10.0.
Japan's Momoko Dekijima was second in 42:49.3 and Liashenko's compatriot Iryna Bui third in 43:53.1.
Ukraine also landed gold through multiple-Paralympic bronze medallist Oksana Shyshkova, guided by Vitalii Kazakov, in the women's visually impaired in 38:26.6.
Germany's Clara Klug and guide Martin Hartl claimed silver in 43:58.2 and Ukraine's Olga Prylutska, guided by Volodymyr Ivanov, sealed bronze in 45:16.0.
Vasili Shaptsiaboi, guided by Dzmitry Budzilovich, gave Belarus their second gold medal of the Championships in the men's visually impaired in 40:47.3.
He was followed by Ukraine's Anatolii Kovalevskyi and guide Oleksandr Mukshyn in 41:55.2, and Vitaliy Lukyanenko, guided by Ivan Marchyshak, in 42:21.2.
Competition in Finsterau is due to continue tomorrow with the cross-country mixed and open relays.