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SOCHI, March 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Russian biathlete Mikhalina Lysova has won the gold medal in women’s 6-kilometer race for visually impaired at the XI Paralympic Winter Games Russia hosts in its Black Sea resort of Sochi. She finished the distance in 20 minutes 03.2 seconds with no missed shots.
Russia’s Yulia Budaleyeva (20:31.7; 2) secured the silver medal, and Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova (20:49.0; 0) took the bronze medal.
Another Russian, Elena Remizova, finished fourth (21:08.8; 2).
The 2014 Sochi Paralympics gold made Lysova the two-time Paralympic champion. At the 2010 Games in Vancouver, she won the gold medal in the 3x2.5-kilometer relay.
Lysova was born on March 29, 1992 in the city of Nizhny Tagil in the Sverdlovsk Region in the Urals. She is an honored master of sports in Russia.
Lysova is the champion, two-time silver and two-time bronze medalist of the 2010 Vancouver Paralympics in cross-country skiing and biathlon for visually impaired, as well as a multiple world champion.
The 2014 Winter Paralympic Games kicked off in Sochi on Friday and will run until March 16. Over 1,350 Paralympic athletes from 45 countries are competing for 72 sets of medals at Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games.