Poland’s Rogowiec Wins Second Gold at Nordic Skiing World Cup

31 Jan 2012
Katarzyna Rogowiec

Katarzyna Rogowiec (POL) competes in the women's standing 15km free cross-country skiing race at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

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Poland’s Katarzyna Rogowiec won her second gold of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup in Cable, Mineapolis.

Rogowiec skied to victory on Monday 30 January in the Cross Country Middle Distance (5km) in 17:00.3. She beat Finland’s Maija Jarvela (17:32.2) and Japan’s Shoko Oto (18:15.8).

Norway’s Marian Marthinsen (19:19.2) also won her second gold of the competition in the 5km Cross Country Sitting. Germany’s Anja Wicker (20:25.1) took silver and Russia’s Svetlana Konovalova won bronze.

The women’s 5km Cross Country Visually Impaired was yet again an all Russian affair with Elena Remizova (16:14.5) taking her second gold of the competition. Mikhalina Lysova (16:28.1) won silver and Valentina Nevidimova (16:33.4) bronze.

Russian athletes stood atop the podium in all three men’s events.

Roman Petushkov (32:01.9) took gold in the men’s 10km Cross Country Sitting, with Canada’s Chris Klebl (33:26.7) winning his second silver of the competition.

“Second World Cup race, second podium. Now off to rainy Minneapolis for some downtown racing,” Klebl tweeted from @chrisklebl shortly after crossing the finish line.

Italy’s Enzo Masiello (33:59.0 3) finished third.

Stanislav Chokhlaev (27:40.7) bagged his second gold in the men’s 10km Cross Country Visually Impaired. France’s Thomas Clarion (28:27.1) came second and Germany’s Wilhelm Brem (28:46.6) third. All three athletes are classified as B1 athletes, which is the most severely visually impaired category.

Vladimir Kononov (28:00.2) was the third Russian man to win gold on Monday in the men’s 10km Cross Country Standing. He beat his teammate Kiril Mikhaylov (28:07.9) who came second and Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset who was third.

Russia dominates the medals table with 15 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals. Norway is second with three gold, one silver and two bronze and Finland is just ahead of Poland with two gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

Cable will see 29 women and 52 men competing in the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup which continues until 2 February.

A live stream of all events is able during competition at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/10074045.