Cross Country wraps up at Nordic World Cup in Ukraine

Andrea Eskau (Photo: Hartwig Mahler, creative commons license)

The latest stage of the Para Nordic Skiing World Cup wrapped up the cross country events at the Western Center in Ukraine on Monday. It was a continued domination from Andrea Eskau who won her third cross country event of the meet, completing a clean sweep.

Eskau came in to the sprint on Monday having already won the long and middle distance races, coming in on great form. She easily claimed the win in the women’s sprint freestyle sitting finishing in 3:33.18, 14 seconds ahead of Belarussian Lidziya Hrafeyeva and Norwegian Brigit Skarstein who finished close together for second and third.

That was the only win for a non-Ukrainian athlete as the home nation completely dominated the competition. Ukraine won every other sprint freestyle event putting an end to a good meet for the host nation.

The world champion in men’s sitting, Maksym Yarovyi claimed the sprint win, finally getting revenge after finishing second all week. Belarussian Dzmitry Loban finished second with South Korean Eui Hyun Sin finishing third.

The men’s visually impaired saw a first win of the season for Iurii Utkin (guide: Ruslan Perekhoda) winning in a tight race. It was an Ukranian 1-2 as Anatolii Kovalevsky (guide: Oleksandr Mukshyn) finished less than two seconds behind with Belarussian Yury Holub (guide: Dzmitry Budzliovich) finishing a further two seconds back.

The women’s race was also a Ukrainian double as Oksana Shyshkova (guide: Vitalii Kazakov) easily won the event. In second was Olga Prylutska (guide: Borys Babar) with Austrian Carina Edlinger (guide: Julian Josef Edlinger) coming third.

In men’s standing Gygorii Vovchynskyi managed a big win to start closing the gap to fellow Ukrainian Ihor Reptyukh in the world cup standings. Reptyukh finished second, with Finnish skier Ilkka Tuomisto finishing third.

The women’s standing was all Ukraine as Oleksandra Kononova lead the way in 4:14.10 ahead of her two team mates. In second was Liudmyla Liashenko four seconds back and much further back was Iryna Bui, completing the Ukrainian trifecta.

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