Russia secured three cross-country gold medals on the opening day of the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Vuokatti.
Middle distance races were the focus of the opening day of competition at the Finnish venue, with men’s and women’s sitting, standing and visually impaired events held.
Russia’s Ivan Golubkov triumphed in the men’s middle distance sitting event by completing the 10 kilometre race in a factored time of 30min 46.1sec.
Italy’s Giuseppe Romele finished as the runner-up, with Russia’s Aleksandr Davidovich third on 31:23.9.
The women’s 7.5km race saw an all-Russian top three, led by Marta Zainullina in a time of 27:22.9.
Zainullina was followed by her compatriots Irina Guliaeva and Natalia Kocherova, who finished in 28:33.9 and 28:37.0.
Russia were also able to celebrate a clean sweep in the men’s standing competition, with Vladislav Lekomtsev winning in 29:33.0.
Rushan Minnegulov and Vitalii Malyshev completed the podium places, finishing in times of 30:24.3 and 30:54.1, respectively.
The women’s competition saw Norway’s Vilde Nilsen emerge as the winner by achieving a time of 28:51.5.
Nilsen enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory in the event, with Russia’s Ekaterina Rumyantseva ending second on 29:48.7.
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Canada’s Brittany Hudak completed the podium places by finishing in a time of 29:59.4.
The women’s visually impaired competition saw Belarus’ Svitlana Sakhanenka win gold with her guide Dzmitry Budzilovich in 28:45.6.
Russia’s Anna Panderova finished second in 28:51.5, with her compatriot Vera Khlyzova finishing third in 29:19.2.
Canada’s Brian McKeever won the men’s competition in 30:50.0.
Sweden’s Zebastian Modin and Russia’s Stanislav Chokhlaev finished 5.8 seconds off the pace, with the duo finishing in joint second place.
Sprint races will follow tomorrow prior to a rest day.