French and US skiers continue season's form at IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup‏

A series of medallists from the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships continued their cross-country form in Asahikawa, Japan, on Saturday (14 February), at the penultimate World Cup of the 2014-15 season.

In the men's classic middle distance standing, France's Benjamin Daviet (27:59.0) beat Russian world champion Vladislav Lekomtcev (28:11.0) with a solid performance that followed on from his sprint and long distance silvers from the Worlds in Cable, Wisconsin, USA. Canada's Mark Arendz (28:47.5) was third.

Russia's Ekaterina Rumyantseva (16:28.9) took the win in the women's field under partly cloudy skies. Canada's Brittany Hudak (16:53.6), having just missed out on a podium at the World Championships, was second with Yurika Abe (18:24.0) taking the last podium place for the hosts.

The USA's Andrew Soule, fresh from his historic haul of five medals from his home World Championships, was victorious in the men's classic short distance sitting.

Soule (15:33.2) led Russian Alexey Bychenok (15:34.9) and teammate Dan Cnossen (15:35.2) to take his first World Cup win in two years.

The women's equivalent featured another convincing US win, this time for Oksana Masters (8:30.4). Norway's sprint Paralympic champion Mariann Marthinsen (8:42.0) was second over one lap whilst Russian Natalia Kocherova (8:59.8) completed the podium.

Canada's Brian McKeever (28:13.9) was once again in astonishing form in the men's classic middle distance visually impaired, dominating over 10km with guide Graham Nishikawa.

Norway's Eirik Bye (31:35.2), guided by Kristian Myhre Hellerud, sealed his first career World podium in second as France's Anthony Chalencon (32:25.2) with guide Lucas Dupperex was third.

Competition continues in Asahikawa on Sunday (15 February) with sprint races.

Full results are available at

The 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals take place in Surnadal, Norway, from 16-22 March.