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Russian biathlete Roman Petushkov wins gold at Sochi Paralympics

March 08, 2014, 11:58 UTC+3 SOCHI
The medal was Russia’s first gold at the Sochi Paralympics
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SOCHI, March 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian biathlete Roman Petushkov on Saturday won gold in men’s 7.5-kilometer sitting race at the XI Paralympic Winter Games Russia hosts in its southern resort of Sochi.

The medal was Russia’s first gold at the Sochi Paralympics. The Russian national Paralympic team also has one silver.

Ukraine’s Maksym Yarovyi was in second place taking silver, and Japan’s Kozo Kubo took third place securing bronze.

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to biathlete Roman Petushkov, who earlier today won gold in men’s 7.5-kilometer sitting race at the XI Paralympic Winter Games Russia hosts in its southern resort of Sochi, the Kremlin reported.

The telegram in particular says: “I congratulate you on triumphal performance at the XI Paralympic Winter Games. You had no equals on the distance and in shooting.”

“You confirmed your perfect skill and training, proved to be a real leader who can fight to the end and win. You justified our hopes bringing our team the first gold of the Sochi Paralympics,” Putin said.

Petushkov was born on February 18, 1978 in Dmitrov, the Moscow Region. He is the silver and bronze medalist of the 2010 Paralympic Games in Vancouver in cross-country skiing and biathlon respectively, as well as eight-time world champion.

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