Ukraine medal sweep

Beijing 2022 Paralympics Day Four: Ukraine sweeps through Para Biathlon medals

Ukraine has had two incredible medal sweeps in the Para Biathlon and picked up three other medals on Day Four of the Beijing 2022 Paralympics.

Ukraine has had two incredible medal sweeps in the Para Biathlon and picked up three other medals on Day Four of the Beijing 2022 Paralympics.

In the six events, offering 18 medals today, Ukraine took home half of these more than doubling its total medal tally from the opening three days of the game.

There was also the final pool games in the Ice Hockey, where Canada responded from its loss to the United States on the opening day with a convincing 6-0 win over Korea.










































Ukraine sweeps for nine medals in Para Biathlon

American Kendall Gretsch has won gold in the Women's Middle Distance Sitting Para Biathlon, finishing 8.7 seconds ahead of her compatriot Oksana Masters, who took home silver.

Gretsch's gold medal adds to her tally that also includes a bronze from the Women's Sprint Sitting Para Biathlon event.

Anja Wicker finished with the bronze medal for Germany, 2:33 behind the Paralympic Champion.

In the Men's Middle Distance Sitting, Chinese competitor Liu Mengtao won gold at his home Paralympic Games, finishing 46 seconds ahead of silver medallist Martin Fleig of Germany.

Ukrainian athlete Taras Rad added to his country's tally with a Bronze, a further three seconds back from Fleig.

It was a clean sweep for Ukraine, as Iryna Bui was named the Women's Middle Distance Standing Paralympic Champion with a time of 36:43.1 and a shooting percentage of 96 per cent.

She was joined on the podium by countrywomen Oleksandra Kononova and Liudmyla Liashenko, who took the silver and bronze medals respectively.

It was a close race with the top three finishing within 15 seconds of each other, the next athlete a further 20 seconds behind the final place on the podium.

In the Men's Middle Distance Standing Canadian Mark Arendz won his second medal of the games, finishing first to add another gold medal to his collection. The 32-year-old's gold medal adds to the bronze he secured in the Sprint Standing, and is his 10th Paralympic medal.

He has had a decorated career spanning four Games so far, and previously won one other gold medal in 2018 when he became champion in the 15km Para Biathlon.

Ukraine's Grygorii Vovchynskyi took home silver, while Alexandr Gerlits won Kazakhstan's first medal of the Games - a bronze.

German teenager Leonie Maria Walter has become a Paralympic Champion in the Women's Middle Distance Vision Impaired Para Biathlon event, with guide Pirmin Strecker.

She finished ahead of Ukrainian Oksana Shyshkova and guide Andriy Marchenko, who won silver, and Chinese Para Biathlete Yue Wang who took home bronze with guide Li Yalin.

It was an incredibly tight finish between Walter and Shyshkova, with just 3.7 seconds separating the pair. All three podium finishers shot at 99 per cent accuracy.

There was another Ukrainian medal sweep in the Men's Middle Distance Vision Impaired event, though there was a clear gap between each athlete and their guide.

Vitalii Lukianenko and guide Borys Babar took home gold, in a time of 34:12.7. Anatoli Kovalevskyi and guide Oleksandr Mukshyn finished next for silver, 44.6 seconds behind and a further 33.6 seconds behind was Dmytro Suiarko with guide Oleksandr Nikonovych, for bronze.

In fact, fourth and fifth positions were also held by Ukrainian athletes for a complete sweep of the competition.

Bouncing back Canada confirms finals spot, China clinches Group B

After falling to a tough loss against the United States in a rematch of the Pyeongchang gold medal match, Canada has bounced back with a 6-0 win over Korea in the Para Ice Hockey.

The win secures Canada second place in Group A, which will see it play in the semi-finals.

James Dunn scored a hat-trick and added an assist to help his side to the convincing victory.

It was a fast start for the Canadians, who scored twice in the first period and added another in the second.

Korea fought back in the final period, but was unable to add to the scoreboard and conceded a further three goals.

It was not an unsurprising result, as Canada is the second team in the world rankings and Korea is fourth, however, it was as dominant a victory as we've seen with Korea taking just four shots on goal to Canada's 42.

Despite dropping both of its pool games, Korea finishes third in Group A due to the absence of Russia from the Games, and will be a part of the top three who progress to the knockout stages.

As the third placed country in Group A, Korea will take on the third place finisher from Group B on Day Five for a spot in the semi-finals.

In Group B, China dominated over Italy for a 6-0 victory that sees them clinch top spot in Group B with the maximum nine points. China will advance to the qualifying finals with the result.

It was a fast start for the home team, opening the scoring in the first 16 seconds through Wang Zhi Dong to take an early 1-0 lead.

Xue Song and Dian Peng added to the scoreboard for a 3-0 lead, before a Hu Guangjian goal made it a 4-0 lead at the end of the first period.

It was Hu Guangjian's first Winter Paralympics goal.

The scoring continued through Wang Zhi Dong, who scored his second, and then was rounded out by Dian Peng who scored another for the 6-0 win.

The Beijing 2022 Paralympics qualifying finals will highlight Day Five action from the Beijing National Indoor Stadium.

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It was a surprising result as South Korea was sitting 1-3 before the match and struggled against top four teams Latvia and China, while losing to lowest ranked side Switzerland.

Despite the loss, Canada remains near the top of the standings.

Latvia's win was expected, but also important to remain in the top four more than halfway through the round-robin competition.

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Sweden moved to the top of the standings with a 6-4 win over Estonia, while Slovakia brought South Korea back down to the earth with a 7-2 defeat.