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Second Cross-Country World Cup Win of the Week for Masters on Day 5 of IPC

After an exhibition relay event on Wednesday, paralympic nordic athletes returned to the competition venue on Thursday, Dec. 15 for Day five of the 2016/2017 International Paralympic Cup season’s opening races in Vuokatti, Finland. Thursday marked the men’s and women’s distance classic events, with Oksana Masters of the U.S. claiming her second cross-country World Cup win of the week, her third total. Full race recap and results detailed below.

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If  U.S. paralympian Oksana Masters keeps it up, she may not only finish one International Paralympic Cup (IPC) season undefeated, but two in a row. The 27-year-old raced to her second cross-country World Cup win of the week on Thursday, putting down the fastest time for the women’s 12-kilometer classic sit ski race.

Masters covered the course in a time of 41:23.8, besting Belarus’s Lidziya Hrafeyeva, who finished behind Masters in second in a time of 43:09.5.

Another Belarusian skier, Liudmila Vauchok, took the final podium spot, completing the course in a time of 44:09.9 for third place overall.

In the men’s 15 k classic sit ski event, Ukraine’s Maksym Yarovyi took first place in a time of 44:32.3. Second went to Korea’s Eui Hyun Sin in a time of 45:25.9, while the U.S.’s  Daniel Cnossen took the final podium spot in third in time of 46:07.3.

American Andy Soule also competed in the event, finishing in 11th overall in a time of 50:53.3.

Ukraine saw another podium sweep in the women’s 15 k classic standing event with Oleksandra Kononova taking the top spot after covering the course in a time of 51:09.0. Second place went to Iuliia Batenkova and third to Liudmyla Liashenko. Batenkova finished in a time of 51:52.4 and Liashenko in 52:13.9.

The only North American woman to compete in the event, Brittany Hudak finished in fifth overall, clocking in at 54:45.7.

In the men’s 20 k classic standing event, Ukrainian ski racer Ihor Reptyukh claimed first, finishing in a time of 51:21.6. Finishing in a time of 51:59.6 was Finland’s lkka Tuomisto in second place overall, third went to Canada’s Mark Arendz who clocked in in a time of 52:14.1.

The women’s 15 k classic visually impaired race went to Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova, who finished in a time of 55:44.6. In second place overall was Austria’s Carina Edlinger in second in a time of 2 56:32.3. The final podium spot went to another Ukrainian Olga Prylutska, who finished in a time of 58:22.5.

The final event of the day, the men’s 20 k visually impaired event, was claimed by Sweden’s Zebastian Modin, who clocked in in a time of 52:48.6. France’s Thomas Clarion finished second in a time of 54:02.3, while the final podium spot went to  of Ukraine, who clocked in in a time of 54:29.3.
Results: Men | Women

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