The Belarusian national team claimed its first gold at the 2018 Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang on Saturday, March 10.
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Sviatlana Sakhanenka won the first gold medal of these Games for Belarus despite breaking her pole during the 15km vision impaired race.
She fought off a strong challenge from Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova and eventually crossing the finish line almost 8 seconds faster than her rival.
“I can’t describe it. It was great. I trained really hard and I think I deserved this gold.
I wouldn’t say it was easy, the gold is never easy to get but it was also not very hard.
I was prepared and I felt that I gave it all that I could, “ the Paralympic champion described her emotions soon after the race.
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Another Belarusian skier Yadviga Skorobogataya finished fifth.
An hour earlier, Yuri Golub won the silver in cross-country skiing in 20km among athletes with visual impairment.
At the moment Belarus is now on the 9th place in the medal standings. The 14-member team won six medals so far.
Pyeongchang athletes from 47 teams compete for 80 sets of medals in four sports – biathlon, skiing, curling, and ice hockey.