The men’s 1km final took place today at the Laura Centre in three categories: standing, sitting and visually impaired.
The men's 1 km final in the sitting category ended with an astonishing victory by Russian athlete Roman Petushkov. The athlete began the race 20 seconds behind Ukrainian athlete, Maksym Yarovyi However, Petushkov picked up pace in the last leg of the race and finished the race in 2 minutes 29.4 seconds, picking up his fourth medal of Paralympic Games. The silver medal went to Russian, Grigory Murygin, who was behind Petushkov by 1.2 seconds. Maksym Yarovyi won bronze, finishing 2.2 seconds behind the leader.
Norwegian athlete, Mariann Marthinsen won gold in the women’s sitting category. The Norwegian was in the lead in the qualifiers and semifinal, and completed the final run in 2 minutes 45.6 seconds with a lead of 0.1 seconds. American Tatyana McFadden was awarded the silver medal.
Six Russian athletes were finalists in the standing category. Kirill Mikhaylov, who started fifth won Gold with a time of 3 minutes 53.5 seconds and won gold. The finish line was crossed just 0.3 seconds later by Rushan Minnegulov who won the silver medal of the race. Bronze went to Vladislav Lekomcev, who was 1.1 second behind the leader.
Anna Milenina of Russia had the best time in the women's standing sprint (4 minutes and 26.9 seconds). She was 4.5 seconds ahead of her closest rival, Ukrainian skier Yulia Batenkova. Another Russian took third place in the freestyle race, two-time champion of the Paralympic Games in Sochi Alena Kaufman.
The final of the men's race in the visually impaired category was won by Canadian Brian McKeever, who finished the race in 3 minutes and 59.6 seconds. Swedish skier Sebastian Modin finished in second place (4:01.4), and Russian Oleg Ponomarev took bronze with a time of 4 minutes and 5 seconds.
Russian skier Mikhalina Lysova won gold in the 1 km freestyle race for visually impaired athletes, overcoming the distance in 4 minutes and 11.5 seconds. This is Lysova's fourth medal - the Russian previously showed the best time for the short and medium distances in biathlon and won bronze in the 15 km cross-country.
Second in the sprint today was another representative of Russia, Elena Remizova, who finished 5.6 seconds behind Lysova. The bronze medal went to Oksana Shishkova of Ukraine - she finished 13.1 seconds later.