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Russians sweep the podium thrice in Canmore

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According to the International Paralympic Committee website, Russians swept the medals at an International Paralympic Committee World Cup cross country skiing race three times in Camore on Tuesday, an hour west of Calgary.

In the men's cross country skiing sprint sitting event, Roman Petushkov of Russia won the gold medal with a time of 2:00.30, followed by fellow Russians Irek Zaripov and Gregory Murygin. It was the second medal this week for Murygin, who won the gold medal in the men's 10km sit skiing competition on Monday.

Russians also swept the podium in the women's cross country sprint for the visually impaired. Mikhalina Lysova won the gold medal, Elena Remizova won the silver medal and Iuliia Budaleeva won the bronze medal.

Finally, in the men's classic cross country skiing sprint for the visually impaired, Oleg Ponomarev won gold, Vladimir Udaltcov won silver and Nikolay Polukhin won bronze. Canadian star Brian McKeever did not compete because of his guide's illness.

In the women's cross country skiing classic sprint sitting competition, the winner was Mariann Marthinsen of Norway, followed by Franseca Porcellato of Italy and Svetlana Konovalova of Russia. In the women's cross country skiing sprint standing competition, the winner was Alena Kaufman of Russia, followed by Shoko Ota of Japan and Natalia Bratiuk of Russia.

In the men's cross country skiing standing sprint, the winner was Vladislav Lekomtcev of Russia, with Ilkka Tuomisto of Finland winning silver and Rushan Minnegulov of Russia winning bronze.

The competitions are significant because they are preparation for disabled cross country skiers for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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