Norway’s teenage sensation Vilde Nilsen has won another gold medal at the World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Prince George.
The 18-year-old, who burst onto the scene with a surprise silver medal at Pyeongchang 2018, sealed her first world title yesterday in the women’s standing middle distance cross-country and won again today in the standing sprint.
She raced to victory in the Canadian resort ahead of two Ukrainians, Liudmyla Liashenko and Bohdana Konashuk.
Liashenko also gained the silver medal in yesterday’s race.
Hosts Canada gained their first gold medal of the Championships in the men’s sitting sprint through Collin Cameron, who had qualified for the final as the fastest skier.
On a Canadian public holiday known as "Family Day", the 30-year-old threw his up in celebration as he crossed the line.
"It’s incredible," he said.
"I was thinking about this since coming fourth in the sprint races at the [Pyeongchang 2018] Games.
"I wanted this really bad."
The home star, a silver medallist in the middle biathlon on Saturday (February 16), admitted the crowd had spurred him on today.
"It’s extra special for sure," Cameron said.
"You’ve got all this crowd, the volunteers, the locals out here cheering for you.
"It gives you a little bit of power that you might need to cross the line."
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With their help, he beat the Paralympic champion Daniel Cnossen from the United States who came second, and Ukraine’s Taras Rad who came third.
Elsewhere, America's Oksana Masters and Benjamin Daviet from France both won their third gold medals of the Championships.
Masters, already a winner in the women’s sitting middle biathlon and cross-country, was victorious in today’s sprint.
Daviet gained his third title in the men’s standing sprint.
Masters saw off challenges from Germany’s Andrea Eskau and her compatriot Kendall Gretsch.
Daviet beat Gryg Vovchynskyi from Ukraine and Japan’s Taiki Kawayoke.
In the visually impaired sprints, Sweden and Austria took the top prize through Zebastian Modin and Carina Edlinger.
Modin won the men’s race ahead of yestreday’s middle distance winner Yury Holub from Belarus.
Dmytro Suiarko from Ukraine came third.
In the women’s event, the silver and bronze medals went to Oksana Shyshkova and Germany’s Clara Klug.
Tomorrow is a rest day and the Championships are set to resume on Wednesday (February 20).