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.
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