Para Nordic World Championships Conclude with Ukraine on top

IPC Nordic Skiing Finsterau 2017 19.02.

Ukraine continued their great World Para Nordic Skiing Championships form as they finished the meet on top of the standings. Sunday finished the meet in Finsterau, Germany with Ukraine winning more events with the last event of the meet being the freestyle cross country.

In the end Ukraine finished the meet with 19 gold, 16 silver and 12 bronze to easily top the table. Maksym Yarovyi was the biggest star for Ukraine as he managed to win every event in the men’s sitting finishing with another gold in the freestyle. He finished 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Belarussian Dzmitry Loban with American Andrew Soule a further 20 seconds behind.

The women’s sitting also saw a clean sweep as American Oksana Masters claimed her final win in the women’s sitting freestyle. Masters finished 15 seconds ahead of the defending champion, German Andrea Eskauw with Norwegian Birgit Skarstin a further 15 seconds back to land her second final.

Frenchman Benjamin Daviet backed up his first ever biathlon gold as he won his first cross country gold in the men’s standing freestyle cross country. It was a shock result, denying the Ukrainian Ihor Reptuykh a sweep of the cross country medals while Canadian Mark Arendz finished in third.

There was another gold for Ukraine, coming in the women’s standing as Oleksandra Kononova defended her title. That win was part of a Ukrainian sweep as her team mates Liudmyla Liashenko and Iuliia Batenkova followed her on to the podium.

Canadian Brian McKeever (guide: Graham Nishikawa) won his fifth world title in the event as he claimed the men’s visually impaired after a negative split, kicking in the second half of the race. Frenchman Thomas Clarion (guide: Antoine Bollet) finished second with a strong second half while Belarusian Yury Holub (guide: Dzmitry Budzilovich) won his first world championship medal, finishing third.

The final Ukranian gold came in the women’s visually impaired as Oksana Shyshova (guide: Vitalii Kazakov) managed a win that gave her a medal in every event. Belarusian Sviatlana Sakhanenka (guide: Iryna Nafranovich) finished in second with the final medal being Austrian Carina Edlinger (guide: Julian Josef, her brother) claiming the bronze.

Photo: The Men’s Sitting medalists (courtesy IPC)

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