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Kazakh para skier Kolyadin wins historic gold in PyeongChang

14 March 2018 11:45
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Kazakh para skier Kolyadin wins historic gold in PyeongChang

ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Kazakhstani para skier Alexandr Kolyadin made history on Wednesday by clinching gold at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Paralympic Games, Kazinform reprots.

The skier captured the first Paralympic gold at the Winter Games for Kazakhstan in history. He proved to be the best in the Men's 1.5km Sprint Classiс Standing event in the Republic of Korea. Kolyadin clocked the distance in 4:19.7 and collected gold.

Coming in second was Japanese Yoshihiro Nitta +0.8 seconds behind the leader.

Canadian Mark Arendz and Finnish Iikka Tuomisto were the third to cross the finish line. They both covered the distance in 4:20.8 and won bronze.

"It seems that I should be happy. I am proud for the country that they made the right choice and got me here, took me into the national team," said Kolyadin.

"The distance is not mine, but the style is mine. Thank you, Korea. The course was correct. It goes clockwise. This suits my (prosthetic) leg well on the turns and I lose out less that way," Kolyadin told after winning gold in PyeongChang.

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