Paralympics, day four: A gold mine in biathlon

In the fourth day of the Paralympics, the Russian team dominated in biathlon while the sledge hockey team won an important victory over the United States.

Alena Kaufman won gold in the physically impaired 10 km biathlon race. Source: RIA Novosti

Victoria Kolesnichenko, special to RBTH

On the fourth day of competition, Russian biathletes had no equals. Mikhalina Lysova took gold in the visually impaired 10km race, followed by Yulia Budaleeva. The bronze was won by Ukrainian Oksana Shishkova.

Azat Karachurin brought Russia another gold with his victory in the standing 12.5 mile biathlon. Norway’s Nils- Eric Ulset took second and Mark Arends, of Canada, the bronze.

Alena Kaufman won gold in the physically impaired 10 km biathlon race. "I had planned to have a medal, and I already have two gold medals, I am very happy and I am not going to stop. I still have two or three races, so I will fight,” Kaufman said in an interview with R-Sport. Alexander Kononov of Ukraine won silver and Russia’s Natalia Bratyuk took the bronze.

Russians also took every place on the podium at the end of the 12.5 km biathlon race among athletes with musculoskeletal disorders. Roman Petushkov won gold, making him a three-time Paralympic champion. The second and third places were taken by Alex Bychenok and Grygory Murygin.

Said silver medalist Alexei Bychenok in an interview with R-Sport, "I was ready for any medal. How can you be unhappy with silver? Maybe for Roman Petushkov it would be a pity. For me, on the contrary, it is joy. Fighting with Roma at the moment is difficult, if he does well at shooting, he is just a giant, he runs fast. We have no weaknesses; we are strong. We are a close-knit team, so we run and show everyone what we can do.”

Russian Nikolai Poluhin took second place in the visually impaired 12.5 km biathlon, behind Ukraine’s Vitaliy Lukyanenko. Vasily Shapteboy of Belarus took bronze.

In the 10km biathlon, Russia's Svetlana Konovalova won silver. Germany’s Ana Vicker took the gold and Ukraine’s Lyudmila Pavlenko, the bronze. Another Russian, Maria Iovleva, was disqualified: on the third shooting range, she fired six shots instead of five.

Curling

The Russian men's curling team won their fifth victory at the 2014 Paralympics, defeating the Swedes with a score of 7:4. The day before, the Russian national team beat South Korea and the United States.

On March 12, the Russian team will compete in two matches – against teams from the UK and Norway. The medal rounds will be held on March 15.

Sledge hockey

The Russian national sledge hockey team advanced to the semifinals, defeating the U.S. team on Tuesday. On March 13, the Russian team will compete for a place in the final against Norway. "For us, this is our first Paralympic Games, and in the match against the Koreans we got overexcited and lost,” said Russian defender Vasily Varlakov in an interview with R-Sport.

“Then we calmed down, became organized, and got ready for today's match. We collected all our best qualities, and it helped us – everybody was trying hard, they gave their best. Today the defense was perfecting their game and the forwards were scoring goals."

The Paralympic sledge hockey final will also be held on March 15.

Alpine Skiing

At the Roza Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, downhill skiers were forced to race the qualifying rounds of the super combined on the slalom track because of thick fog.

The finals will take place March 14. In the visually impaired round, Russians Alexandra Frantseva and Valery Redkozubov were leading after the qualifying round.

Other stories about Sochi you may like