Ukraine Start Nordic Skiing World Cup With big Wins

Oksana Shyshkova (Photo: Yakudza, creative commons license)

The first nordic skiing world cup event of the 2016-17 season saw two athletes who won sprint titles last week in the Europa Cup back up in the long distance in the world cup. Ukranians Maksym Yarovyi and Oksana Shyshkova and American Oksana Masters all won long distance cross-country events in Vuokatti, Finland on Thursday.

Yarovyi finished in 44:32.3 in the men’s sitting event to back up from a sprint win last week. The other big story in that race was in second place with South Korean Eui Hyun Sin finishing one minute back for his best ever World Cup finish.

After having an American finish third in the men’s sitting, the Americans managed a win in the women’s sitting with Masters claiming that win in 41:23.8. It was two Belarusian skiers in the other two podium places with Lidziya Hrafeyeva and Liudmyla Vauchok finishing one minute apart from each other.

Ukraine managed another win in the men’s standing event as Ihor Reptyukh led from the very start and never looked back, finishing in 51:21.6. Finnish skier Ilkka Tuomisto got more world cup points by finishing second 30 seconds back with Canadian Mark Arendz third.

Yet another win for Ukraine came in the form of Oleksandra Kononova who won the women’s standing with an all Ukrainian podium. Iuliia Batenkova and Liudmyla Liashenko rounded out the top three for the Ukraine, with all three finishing close together.

In the vision impaired classifications, Zebastian Modin (Guide, Johannes Andersson) won the men’s race in 52:48.6 for Sweden, continuing his improvement. The race for second was tight with Thomas Clarion (guide, Antoine Bollet) just edging Dmytro Suiarko (guide, Vitalii Kazakov) for second.

Shyshkova (guide, Vitaliii Kazakov) rounded out Ukraine’s phenomenal day as she cruised to a win in the women’s visually impaired. She finished a minute ahead of Austrian Carina Edilinger (guide, Julian Josef Edlinger) the two finishing well ahead of the rest of the field rounding out the day.

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