Monday, Dec. 11 marked Day three of the 2016/2017 International Paralympic Cup season’s opening competitions in Vuokatti, Finland. Athletes returned to the venue for the distance biathlon races, with Canada’s Mark Arendz and the U.S.’s Daniel Cnossen and Oksana Masters once again reaching the podium in their respective events. Full race recap and results detailed below.
Canada’s Mark Arendz rendered his second silver medal in a row after finishing second in the International Paralympic Cup (IPC) men’s 15-kilometer biathlon standing event on Monday, Dec. 11 which took place in Vuokatti, Finland.
“There were a few things I can take away from the race to work and improve on, but in the end, it was a solid day,” Arendz said according to a Cross Coutntry Canada press release. “Unfortunately I had the one miss in my third bout. It was a breathing error after a troublesome setup. But it is early in the race season. I’m ecstatic for the results I’ve been able to achieve so far.
Arendz completed the course in a time of 45:53.3 after one miss (0+0+1+0). In first place was Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset who covered the course in a time of 41:54.4 after shooting clean.
“For me it was the perfect race, I felt like I had good control from the start,” Ulset said during a television interview. “After the first round of shooting I felt really confident and knew what I was going to do for the rest of the race. It was one of the best races I have ever done.”
Rounding out the men’s biathlon standing podium was France’s Benjamin Daviet who missed four shots (1+0+2+1) and completed the 15 k in a time of 46:21.5. American Ruslan Reiter also competed in Monday’s event, finishing in 15th overall.
Ukraine swept the women’s 12.5 k biathlon standing podium, with Oleksandra Kononova taking the win in a time of 42:47.9 after missing three shots (1+1+1+0) and her teammates Liudmyla Liashenko and Iuliia Batenkova placed second and third respectively. Liashenko completed the course in a time of 44:09.1 with three misses (2+0+0+1), while Batenkova finished in a time of 46:44.2, also with three misses (0+0+2+1).
Just outside of the podium was Canada’s Emily Young in fourth overall with two misses. Young completed the course in at time of 48:12.5.
American Daniel Cnossen reached the podium once again, this time in the men’s 15 k biathlon sitting event. Cnossen placed third after skiing the course in at time of 58:10.9 with four missed shots (1+2+0+1). Taking the win was Ukraine’s Taras Rad who shot 100 percent and skied the course in a time of 52:58.1. Behind Rad in second was Germany’s Martin Fleig with two misses (0+1+0+1), clocking in in a time of 54:33.8.
“The race was good,” Rad said during a television interview. It was a little bit difficult, but I tried my best.”
Also competing was the U.S’s Andrew Soule who finished in 10th overall and Canada’s Derek Zaplotinsky.
The second American to reach the podium on Monday was U.S. paralympic athlete, Oksana Masters. Masters raced to a second place overall in the women’s 12.5 k biathlon sitting event, clocking in in a time of 1:00:01.4 after five misses (0+4+0+1), while Germany’s Anja Wicker took the win in a time of 58:21.2 after shooting clean.
Rounding out the podium in third was Lidziya Hrafeyeva of Belarus. Hrafeyeva finished the 12.5 k in a time of 1:01:20.0 with three misses (1+1+1+0).
Another Ukrainian, Iurii Utkin, reached the podium in the men’s 15 k biathlon visually impaired event after completing the course in a time of 45:54.9 after shooting 100 percent. Finishing second overall Belarus’s Vasili Shaptsiaboi in a time of 47:05.5 after two missed shots (0+0+2+0). Ukraine’s Anatolii Kovalevskyi took the final podium spot, finishing third in at time of 1:01:20.0 with three misses (1+1+1+0).
In Monday’s final ski race, Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova took the win in the women’s 12.5 k biathlon visually impaired race, completing the course in a time of 42:37.2 after shooting clean. Her Ukrainian teammate, Olga Prylutska finished second in a time of 45:11.9 after one miss (0+0+1+0). Also shooting clean and finishing in third overall was German skier Clara Klug, who completed the course in at time of 47:10.1.