Brian McKeever


(ISN) – ASAHIKAWA, Jpn.—Canada’s para-nordic skiers continued to dominate the IPC World Cup in Asahikawa, Japan on Tuesday, delivering two more gold medals.

Brian McKeever, of Canmore, Alta., and Graham Nishikawa, of Whitehorse, hammered the field in the men’s 20-kilometre visually impaired classic-ski race, while 21-year-old rookie, Brittany Hudak, of Prince Albert, Sask., won back-to-back gold’s in the women’s 15 kilometre standing race.

Nearly one year since winning three more Paralympic titles, McKeever remains unbeaten this season with his second gold in Japan. The Paralympic legend won with a time of 1:00:15.5.

“The course and ski conditions were very tough today. Changing track conditions and a very long, steep hill could have been a rough mix, but the servicemen gave us perfect skis,” said McKeever. “Graham was awesome today. He was so strong on the climbs, and his work really laid the foundation for a good result today.”

Norway’s Erik Bye was second at 1:05:33.0. Japan’s Hiroshi Kato skied to the bronze at 1:25:31.0.

Meanwhile, Brittany Hudak proved she is the real deal, winning the women’s standing race. Hudak was solid all day, clocking a time of 57:04.2. Japan’s Yurika Abe was second at 1:01:20.4, while Russia’s Ekaterina Rumyantseva rounded out the women’s podium in third with a time of 1:02:27.0.

Paralympic champion, Chris Klebl of Canmore, Alta., continued the medal path to the podium for the Canucks with a silver in the men’s 15-kilometre sit-ski race. Klebl posted a silver-medal time of 45:16.3. American Andrew Soule won his third straight race with a time of 45:16.3. Daniel Cnossen, also of the United States, clocked-in at 45:40.8 for the bronze.

Mark Arendz, of Hartsville, P.E.I. finished off the podium in fourth in the men’s 20-kilometre standing class. Arendz finished at 1:02:04.9. Vladislav Lekomtcev won the race with a time of 59:31.2.

The IPC Nordic World Cup continues on Wednesday in Japan with the skate-ski sprint races.