Norway’s 17-year-old Vilda Nilsen earned her third cross-country gold medal in three races at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Vuokatti in Finland on a day of sprint events.
Nilsen, winner of the first World Cup gold of her career in the women’s standing short race on the opening day of this event and followed up a day later by winning the 7.5 kilometres version, completed a hat-trick today in the women’s sprint C, standing category.
Canada’s Natalie Wilkie finished second, ahead of Liudmyla Liashenko of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the duel between Canada’s 13-times Paralympic champion Brian McKeever and Sweden’s Zebastian Modin continued in the men’s vision impaired category.
Modin, guided by Jerry Ahrlin, beat the Canadian in the opening day’s middle distance event, but McKeever turned the tables in the following day’s short race.
Today it was Modin’s turn to win in the sprint race, with McKeever, guided by Graham Nishikawa, taking second place ahead of Yury Holub of Belarus, who was guided by Dzmitry Budzilovich.
Oksana Masters of the United States won the women sprint C, sitting category, from Norway’s Birgit Skarstein, with Andrea Eskau of Germany taking third place on the podium.
Victory in the men’s sprint C, sitting class went to Collin Cameron of Canada, with Taras Rad of Ukraine finishing second and Daniel Cnossen beating fellow US athlete Aaron Pike to third place.
The men’s sprint C, standing category went to Poland’s Witold Skupien, who held off the challenge of Ukraine’s Grygorii Vovchynskyi.
Taiki Kawayoke of Japan finished third.
Austria’s Carina Edlinger, guided by Florian Seiwald, won the women’s sprint C vision impaired race.
Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova, guided by Vitaly Kasakov, took second place ahead of Germany’s Johanna Recktenwald, who was guided by Simon Schmidt.
Further biathlon races are due to be held on Tuesday and Wednesday (December 18 and 19).