Sitting cross-country skier Oksana Masters overcame American rival Kendall Gretsch to win the women’s short-distance race at the Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Kranjska Gora.
It was an intriguing clash in Slovenia as the two double Paralympic champions competed for the first time in a year.
Masters clocked a winning time of 14min 41.6sec as Gretsch came second in 15:17.3 ahead of Brazilian Aline dos Santos Rocha who finished in 15:48.3.
There was a Ukrainian one-two-three in the women’s cross-country standing contest with Liudmyla Liashenko leading the trio home in 13:16.1.
Oleksandra Kononova finished second in 13:58.9 with Yuliia Batenkova-Bauman completing the top three in 14:06.9.
In the women’s cross-country visually impaired race, Austrian Carina Edlinger stormed to victory with guide Daniel Bauer in 12:56.6.
Russians claimed the two other two medal places with Anna Panferova and guide Andrei Zhukov clocking 13:06.1 and Vera Khlyzova and guide Natalia Iakimova finishing in 13:49.7.
Italy’s Giuseppe Romele came out on top in the men’s cross-country sitting event after breaking the 13-minute barrier with a time of 12:59.4.
Second place went to Russian Ivan Golubkov in 13:11.9, while compatriot Aleksandr Davidovich had to settle for bronze in 13:24.4.
Russia’s defending World Cup champion Vladislav Lekomtsev won the men’s cross-country standing competition after clocking 16:37.2.
Frenchman Benjamin Daviet was second in 17:31.3 with Russian Rushan Minnegulov third in 17:44.6.
There was also Russian success in the men’s cross-country visually impaired race.
Nikolai Polukhin and guide Eduard Berezin clinched gold in 17:49.9 ahead of Ukraine's Iaroslav Reshetynskyi and guide Kostiantyn Yaremenko in 18:06.2.
Russian Stanislav Chokhlaev and guide Oleg Kolodiichuk placed third in 18:16.0.
The six-day meeting comprises of three cross-country and three biathlon races.
Competition continues tomorrow with cross-country sprint events.