Andrew Soule has continued the outstanding form that saw him secure a historic haul of five medals at his home World Championships to claim victory in the men's classic short distance race at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Nordic Skiing World Cup in Asahikawa.
The American won the gold medal in the Japanese city with a time of 15:33.2, ahead of Russian Alexey Bychenok, who finished in 15:34.9, and team mate Dan Cnossen who clocked 15:35.2.
Further United States success came in the women's equivalent event, where Oksana Masters finished in a winning time of 8:30.4.
The silver and bronze medals went to Norway's sprint Paralympic champion Mariann Marthinsen and Russian Natalia Kocherova, who finished in 8:42.0 and 8:59.8, respectively.
Elsewhere in the men's classic middle distance standing, France's Benjamin Daviet clocked a time of 27:59.0 to defeat Russian world champion Vladislav Lekomtcev, who took the silver medal with a time of 28:11.0.
Canada's Mark Arendz came third in 28:47.5 for the bronze medal spot on the podium.
The women's event saw Russia's Ekaterina Rumyantseva claiming gold with a time of 16:28.9, while Canada's Brittany Hudak and Yurika Abe took silver and bronze with 16:53.6 and 18:24.0 respectively.
Multiple Paralympic champion Brian McKeever of Canada dominated the men's classic middle distance visually impaired with guide Graham Nishikawa to clinch the gold medal in 28:13.9.
Norway's Eirik Bye, guided by Kristian Myhre Hellerud, claimed the silver medal in a time of 31:35.2 to seal his first career world podium, while France's Anthony Chalencon and guide Lucas Dupperex were third with 32:25.2.
The competition continues in Asahikawa tomorrow with the sprint races.
The IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup Finals will take place in Surnadal, Norway, from March 16 to 22.
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