Moguls titles were claimed as freestyle skiing continued in Krasnoyarsk ©Krasnoyarsk 2019

France's Benjamin Cavet saw off a Japanese challenge to be crowned men's moguls champion at the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade here today.

Cavet was among the pre-competition favourites having enjoyed a strong season on the Moguls World Cup circuit.

This included a maiden World Cup win in January, where he secured an impressive victory against Canada's Mikael Kingsbury, the Olympic champion and dominant force on the circuit.

Cavet would finish third in both the qualification and first run of the final at the Sopka Cluster, with Japan's Daichi Hara and Ikuma Horishima impressing.

The French skier delivered when it mattered by achieving a score of 80.36 points in the final run to clinch the men's title.

Hara was narrowly behind on 80.22, but the Japanese athlete was forced to settle for the silver medal.

Bronze was earned by his compatriot Horishima, who scored 79.04.

The battle for the women's title was opened up to the field following the withdrawal of world and Olympic champion Perrine Laffont.

The French skier opted to pull out of the Universiade earlier this week, citing tiredness after the World Cup season.

Japan's Kisara Sumiyoshi seized on the opportunity by winning the moguls title with a score of 65.86.

She edged Germany's Lea Bouard with the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympian finishing second on 65.65.

A second German medal was earned by Sophie Weese as she achieved a score of 60.43 for bronze.

Russia's biathlon domination was tested but not ended by the Czech Republic ©Krasnoyarsk 2019
Russia's biathlon domination was tested but not ended by the Czech Republic ©Krasnoyarsk 2019

Russian rule in the biathlon was placed under serious threat in the single mixed relay event as the Czech Republic led the competition heading into the final shooting section.

Missed shots from David Tolar allowed Russia to seize the lead in the closing stages, however, as Valeriia Vasnetsova and Aleksandr Dediukhin triumphed in 42min 53.4sec.

Tolar and Natalie Jurcova finished six seconds down to take the silver medal for the Czech Republic, with France earning a second bronze of the biathlon competition in 43:45.2.

The gold medal continued Russia's domination of biathlon, with the host nation having won each of the seven titles on offer to date.

Russia also continued to enjoy success in the cross-country skiing events, with a further two titles earned by their squad.

Their men's 4x7.5 kilometre relay team comfortably secured the gold medal in a time of 1 hour, 15min 22.2sec.

Kazakhstan were more than one minute down in 1:16.48.8 while Finland earned the bronze medal in 1:17.09.1.

Russia triumphed in the women's 3x5km event in 43:01.3, followed by Japan's team in 44:33.7.

The podium was completed by Italy, who clocked 44:56.4 to win bronze.

Austria denied the host nation gold in the parallel Alpine skiing team event.

Austria edged Russia in the team parallel Alpine skiing competition ©Krasnoyarsk 2019
Austria edged Russia in the team parallel Alpine skiing competition ©Krasnoyarsk 2019

Jessica Gferer led the Austrian team off by winning the first race of the final in 25.08sec, with Russia's Sofia Krokhina behind on 25.42.

Richard Leitgeb extended Austria's lead by clocking 23.48 in the second race, 0.60 clear of rival Denis Vorobev.

Victory was sealed by Denise Dingsleder, who avenged her loss to Ekaterina Tkachenko in the women's giant slalom final by beating her rival here.

Nikita Alekhin earned a consolation win for Russia in the final race, but Austria celebrated the gold medal 3-1 in the head-to-head competition.

Austria had beaten Sweden narrowly in the semi-final stage of the competition.

The Swedish team bounced back from that defeat to overcome the Czech Republic 3-1 to win bronze.