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12 Mar, 2014 22:56

Sochi Paralympics Day 5: Russia can’t stop winning at home Games

Sochi Paralympics Day 5: Russia can’t stop winning at home Games

Russia’s medal haul at the home Paralympics has reached a remarkable 16 golds and a total of 43 medals after the country’s athletes delivered five first-place finishes on the fifth day of action in Sochi.

Germany remains second in the medals table, with a total of five medals, all golds. The Ukrainians are right behind them, with 3 golds and a total of 14 medals.

The day in Sochi started with yet another Russian gold as alpine skier Aleksandra Frantceva triumphed in the woman’s slalom event for visually impaired.

The home athlete beat silver medalist Jade Etherington of the UK by 0.65 seconds, while the bronze at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center went to Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova.

It’s her third medal at the Sochi Paralympics for Frantceva as the 26-year-old also took silver in Super-G and bronze in downhill.

Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss has become the Paralympic champion in women’s slalom.

Rothfuss was dominant in the event as nearly 7 seconds separated her from the nearest rival, Inga Medvedeva of Russia.

Medvedeva won her silver in a tight battle with Petra Smarzova of Slovakia, with just 0.21 seconds separating the athletes after two runs.

The gold in women’s sitting slalom also went to Team Germany, thanks to a solid display from Anna-Lena Forster.

Canada’s Kimberly Joines took silver 0.81 seconds behind, with Laurie Stephens completing the podium in the event.

Germany's Anna-Lena Forster skis in the first run of the women's sitting slalom event at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, March 12, 2014 (Reuters / Christian Hartmann)

The Paralympic program continued with cross-country skiing, in which six sets of medals were up for grabs on Wednesday.

Russia’s Roman Petushkov made Paralympic history by claiming his third gold at the home games in Sochi.

The 36-year-old skier/biathlete was the fastest in the men’s 1 kilometer sprint in the sitting category, clocking a time of 2:29.4 seconds.

Petushkov also won the 15 kilometers cross country race as well as 7.5 kilometers and 12.5 kilometers events in biathlon.

Another Russian, Grigory Murygin, crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds after the winner to bag silver, with Maksym Yarovyi of Ukraine in third place.

But the Paralympic hosts achieved even greater success in the men’s 1 kilometer free technique sprint in the standing category, sweeping the podium for the third time in Sochi.

A dominant display in the preliminary rounds saw the Russians bagging all six spots in the final race at the Laura Center.

Kirill Mikhaylov has snatched gold in the all-Russian battle, with Rushan Minnegulov and Vladislav Lekomtcev taking the rest of the podium spots.

Russia's Kirill Mikhaylov celebrates his gold medal win during the men's 1 km sprint cross-country standing at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games in Rosa Khutor, March 12, 2014 (Reuters / Alexander Demianchuk)

Brian Mckeever has brought Canada gold in the men’s 1 kilometer free technique sprint for visually impaired.

Mckeever clocked the time of 3:32.51 to beat silver medalist Zebastian Modin of Sweden by 1.8 seconds, while Oleg Ponomarev added to Russia’s medal haul by claiming bronze.

In women’s events, Mariann Marthinse snatched gold for the Norwegian team, leaving all her rivals behind in the 1 kilometer sprint finals in the sitting category.

It was a close battle till the finish line as second-placed Tatyana McFadden trailed to Marthinse by just 0.1 seconds.

Russia also didn’t leave the event empty-handed, with Marta Zaynullina racing to a bronze medal.

The gold in the women’s 1 kilometer free technique sprint in the standing category went to Anna Milenina much to the delight of the home fans.

It’s the third Sochi medal for the 27-year-old, who took silver in 6 kilometer biathlon and bronze in 15 kilometer cross country skiing.

The second place in the event went to Ukraine’s Iuliia Batenkova, with another Russian, Alena Kaufman, completing the podium.

Russia’s 16th gold medal at the home Paralympics was won by Mikhalina Lysova in the women’s 1 kilometer free technique sprint for visually impaired.

Lysova was followed by compatriot Elena Remizova, who took silver, with Oksana Shyshkova claiming bronze for Team Ukraine.

Russian wheelchair curlers, who already guaranteed themselves a place in the playoffs, have collected wins against Great Britain 11-2 and Norway 6-5.

The home team tops the standing in the preliminary round with 7 victories, but nearest rivals from Canada are a win behind and have a game in hand.