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Russia Leads Medal Tally

Published: March 12, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • Russian biathletes Roman Petushkov, Aleksey Bychenok, Grigory Murygin and Ivan Goncharov, who took the four top spots in the mens 12.5 kilometers sitting event in Sochi.
    Photo: Maxim Bogodvid / RIA Novosti

Russias Yelena Remizova won a race containing just four athletes to take Paralympic gold in the womens 15-kilometer cross-country ski event for visually impaired athletes.

Remizovas winning time of 49 minutes 10.2 seconds was far ahead of the other three, allowing the Russian, a five-time world champion in cross-country, to claim her first career Paralympic medal and Russias seventh gold of the Games so far.

The silver medal also went to Russia as Mikhalina Lysova, the gold medalist in Saturdays 6 km biathlon, finished 1 minute 37.3 seconds off the lead.

Forty-five-year-old Belarussian Yadviha Skorabahataya trailed in third for bronze, five minutes further back.

Related: Russia Sweeps Podium in Cross-Country Skiing

The only other woman in the race was Canadian Margarita Gorbounova, a Russian-born professional translator who was more than 15 minutes off the pace and nine minutes off the time set by the next-slowest competitor.

Earlier in the day, Russias Rushan Minnegulov won the mens 20 km standing event. Minnegulov led at every stage of the race as he finished in a time of 50 minutes 55.1 seconds, a full 36.4 seconds ahead of second-placed Finn Ilkka Tuomisto. The bronze went to Russias Vladislav Lekomtsev, who won the 7.5 km biathlon event on Saturday.

Related: Russia Stuns U.S. for 2-1 Victory in Sochi Sledge Hockey

Canadas Brian McKeever won gold in the visually impaired 20km and Helene Ripa of Sweden won her first Paralympic medal at the age of 42 after victory in the womens 15 km standing race.

Paralympic cross-country events use the principle of calculated time, under which an athletes time is modified by a percentage reflecting the severity of their disability.

Russia is a regular at the top of Paralympic medal tables, and this year has been no exception. At the conclusion of the third day of events on Monday, Russia was far ahead of all other nations with seven golds and 24 overall medals. Germany had the second-most gold medals with three, while Ukraine was in third place with two gold medals and seven overall.

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