Russia's Yulia Belorukova claimed one of the two gold medals Russia won on the opening day of the 2018-2019 FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Ruka ©Getty Images

Russia won gold medals in both the men and women's sprint on the opening weekend of the International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup 2018-2019 season.

Alexander Bolshunov finished first for Russia in the men's race held at the Finnish ski resort of Ruka.

Following him in second and third were Norway's Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and compatriot Eirik Brandsdal respectively. 

Russia got its second gold through Yulia Belorukova, who finished ahead of Sweden's Maja Dahlqvist and her compatriot Ida Ingemarsdotter.

The third Ski Jumping World Cup event of this season also in Ruka, with Japan's Ryoyu Kobayashi getting his first World Cup win of his career in an event disrupted yesterday by bad weather. 

Kobayashi scored 142.0 points to finish first, while Poland's Kamil Stoch and Piotr Żyła came second and third with 139.9 and 135.0 points respectively. 

The Nordic Combined World Cup event, taking place in the same location, saw Austria get the gold medal through Mario Seidl, another maiden victory.

He recorded a time of 26min 02.5sec to secure first place, while Norway's Jarl Magnus Riiber finish in 26:19.0 to finish second.

Germany's Johannes Rydzek came third with 27:10.5.