Russia sweep board at opening cross-country World Cup

All six podiums, except for one third place for the USA’s Oksana Masters, were taken by home athletes in Tyumen, Russia. 02 Dec 2015
Two cross-country skier in blue competition clothes on the slopes

Russian athletes claimed all but one of the podium positions at the season opening IPC Cross-Country and Biathlon World Cup on Wednesday (2 December 2015), at home in Tyumen.

ⒸLOC Tyumen

Russian athletes claimed all but one of the podium positions at the season opening IPC Cross-Country and Biathlon World Cup on Wednesday (2 December), at home in Tyumen.

The hosts registered a near 100 per cent record in the short and middle distance classic cross-country races at the Pearl of Siberia winter sports centre.

Nineteen-year-old Ivan Golubkov (12:53.2) provided a shock in the short distance men’s sitting, claiming victory over his more experienced teammates Aleksandr Davidovich (12:59.1) and multiple Paralympic champion Roman Petushkov (13:22.1).

World Champion Vladislav Lekomtsev, 20, proved that he has not lost his form in the men’s middle distance standing, taking the win in 24:57.7

Rushan Minnegulov (25:24.1) recorded an incredible last stint to seal second place, moving up from fifth after 2.5km. Aleksandr Pronkov (25:25.4) finished third.

Sochi 2014 silver medallist Stanislav Chokhlaev (25:20.3) and guide Oleg Kolodiichuk were dominant throughout the men’s middle distance visually impaired for first place.

Multiple Paralympic and World Championships medallist Nikolay Polukhin (26:21.4), guided by Andrey Tokarev were second, followed by Alexsander Artemov and guide Illya Cherepanov.

Maria Iovleva (6:54.6) took a convincing win in the women’s short distance sitting, finishing 14 seconds ahead of closest competitor Nadezhda Fedorova (7:08.1).

The USA’s Oksana Masters (7:13.9) was the only non-Russian skier to make it onto the podium all day in third.

Double Paralympic champion Anna Milenina (24:02.4) showed her intentions on her comeback in the women’s middle distance standing, after missing out on the 2015 World Championships.

Milenina led Natalia Bratiuk (26:16.8) and Ekaterina Rumyantseva (26:40.8) onto the podium in second and third respectively.

In the women’s middle distance visually impaired, triple Paralympic champion Elena Remizova (23:31.8) and guide Maksim Pirogov concluded Russia’s top finishes for the day.

Mikhalina Lysova (23:50.6), guided by Alexey Ivanov, was second and Marina Galitsyna (25:34.5) with guide Evgeniy Fatkhullin was third.

Full results are available online.

Competition continues in Tyumen on Thursday (3 December) with long distance free, before a rest day on Friday (4 December).

Cross-country competitions conclude on Saturday (5 December) with sprint races, before biathlon gets underway between 6-9 December.

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