SOCHI (RUS) – Yesterday, January 26, was already Day 3 of competition of the 3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017 and Russia once again secured a whole set of medals.
In cross-country, the men’s team sprint freestyle was a suspense-filled race. Indeed, there was only a 0,32-second gap between the three teams on the podium. The Russian Team 1, composed of Artem Maltsev and Nikolay Morilov, took the gold medal (20:36.70) ahead of France (Clement Arnault and Paul Goalabre – 20:36.80) and Finland 1 (Kusti Kittilae and Juho Mikkonen – 20:37.02). In the women’s team sprint freestyle event, Russia 2 won a second gold medal as Natalja Iljina and Natalia Korosteleva won the race with a 12.6 seconds lead ahead of Switzerland (Alina Meier and Fabiana Wieser). Italy 2 (Chiara De Zolt Ponte and Francesca Baudin) completed the podium with a final time of 22:33.41 (+22.0).
The last alpine skiing competition of the 3rd World Winter Games took place yesterday in the Rosa Khutor Alpine Skiing Centre with the Slalom Women. Irene Curtoni (ITA) finished the two runs in second position, but her total (1:38.51) time allowed her to win a deserved gold medal with a 0.42-second lead ahead of Maria Shkanova (BLR) while Laurie Mougel finished on the third step of the podium (1:38.97). In the team women slalom event, Italia (Perruchon, Curtoni and Azzola) also won the gold medal. Russia (Tkachenko, Alopina and Pogrebitskaya) is second while China (Zhang, Qin, Qi) finished in third position.
After dominating the two ski orienteering events on January 25, Russia repeated the performance with seven medals in the ski orienteering events. Eduard Khrennikov, who already won the middle distance on January 25, was the fastest in the men’s sprint individual event. Once again, he managed the Bulgarian silver medalist Stanimir Belomazhev with 42 seconds-lead. Vladimir Ignatov (RUS) took the bronze medal. In the women’s sprint individual race, four Russian athletes are monopolizing the four first places: Tatiana Oborina took the gold medal (00:17:54), Mariia Kechkina finished on the second step of the podium (00:18:11), while Anastasia Kravchenko (00:18:55) deprived her teammate Tatiana Vlasova (00:19:18) of the bronze medal.
In the men’s team competition, Russia (Khrennikov, Malinobskii and Ignatov) easily won the gold medal. Finland (Toivonen, Hyppoelae) is second and France (Debayle, Fuchs, Gouy) completes the podium. Finally, Russia won its last gold medal of the day with the victory of Kechkina and Oborina in the women’s team competition ahead of the silver medalist Kazakhstan (Novikova & Nazyrova) and the bronze medalist France (Bourgeois-Pin and Barlet).
In the evening, the International Military Sports Council, led by his President Colonel Abdulhakeem Alshino and his Secretary General Colonel Dorah Mamby Koita, invited the following personalities for the CISM Gala, CISM Order of Merit Awarding Ceremony and Gift Exchanges Ceremony: General Nikolai Pankov, Deputy of the Minister of Defense, Mr. Pavel Kolobkov, Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation, Colonel Oleg Botsman, Chief of the Russian Delegation to CISM, Russian Olympic athletes, Members of the CISM Board of Directors, Chiefs of Mission of the Participating Nations and guests of the Russian Delegation.
The CISM President Colonel Abdulhakeem Alshino bestowed the following authorities with the CISM Order of Merit:
General N. Pankov - State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation - Commander
Colonel O. Botsman - Chief of the Russian Delegation to CISM – Grand Officer
Colonel D. Spitsyn - Deputy Chief of the Russian Delegation to CISM – Grand Officer
Mr. P. Kolobkov - Minister of Sports the Russian Federation – Grand Knight
Mrs. N. Parshikova - Deputy Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation – Grand Knight
Colonel M. Baryshev - Head of Central Sport Club of the Army – Grand Knight
Colonel A. Gromov - Deputy Head of Central Sports Club of the Army - Knight
Colonel A. Alyabiev - Teacher of the Military University of the Physical Training - Knight
Colonel A. Zykov - Deputy Chief of the Physical Training Department of the Russian Armed Forces - Knight
Lieutenant-Colonel S. Ishmuratova - Deputy Head of Central Sports Club of the Army - Knight
Mr. M. Kazadoy - 3rd World Winter Games Organizing Committee - Knight
Today (27/02/2016), for the last day of competition of the 3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017, the following events will be livestreamed on the official CISM Livestreaming Platform www.militaryworldgames.com:
8:00 (MSK) Ski Mountaineering – Team Race Men & Women
9:00 (MSK) Ski Orienteering – Relay Men & Women
9:30 (MSK) Sport Climbing – Speed Classic Format, Men & Women Qualification
11:00 (MSK) Sport Climbing – Speed Classic Format, Men & Women Final
13:00 (MSK) Biathlon – Patrol Race 15km – Women
14:00 (MSK) Sport Climbing – Speed Record Format, Men & Women Qualification
15:30 (MSK) Biathlon – Patrol Race 20km – Men
16:00 (MSK) Sport Climbing – Speed Record Format, Men & Women Final
20:00 (MSK) Closing Ceremony of the 3rd World Winter Games Sochi 2017
You can also download the Military World Games App and watch the 3rd CISM World Winter Games Sochi 2017 on your Mobile or Tablet:
For the full schedule of the livestreamed events, click here.
(Source: CISM Media & Communication Department)
(Pictures: Maxime Morlet & Eddy Kellens)