By David Gold

Irek Zaripov_March_23March 24 - Russia dominated on the opening day of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup finals in Voakatti, Finland, which runs until April 1.

They took 10 of 19 podium finishes as they swept aside rivals in the men's cross-country sprint sitting and women's cross country sprint standing.

Roman Petushkov continued his impressive form this season as the 34-year-old came first in the men's sprint sitting.

Ramil Ilalutdinov and Irek Zaripov (pictured) came second and third as Russia completed a clean sweep.

They also took the top three spots in the women's visually impaired standing discipline, as Mikhalina Lysova, Elena Remizova and Iulia Budaleeva finished with podium spots.

Brian McKeever broke up Russian dominance as the Canadian claimed the men's visually impaired sprint, but he was closely followed by Nikolay Polukhin and Stanislav Chokhlaev.

Norwegian Vegard Dahle then won the men's standing sprint, but like McKeever, had to fight off two Russians, Kirill Mikhaylov and Vladislav Lekomtcev, into second and third.

In the women's standing sprint Russia failed to get on the podium as Ukraine's Iuliia Batenkova took the gold, in a race which saw Jamija Jarvela pick up the host nation Finland's only medal of the day.

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