Kazakhstan's skier Mukhin wins men's 15km cross-country free at winter Asiad

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/2/21 14:58:38

Kazakhstan pocketed another gold at the Asian Winter Games om Sapporo on Tuesday when skier Rinat Mukhin, 23, claimed the men's 15km cross-country free title.

The young skier crossed the finish line at Shirahatayama Open Stadium in 41 minutes and 25.3 seconds.

Japan's Naoto Baba, only 4.5 seconds slower, settled for the silver, while another Japanese Akira Lenting took the bronze in 41:33.3.

Earlier, Japan's Yuki Kobayashi took the women's 10km free gold in 30:24.6, 24.4 seconds faster than 35-year-old defending champion Lee Chae-won from South Korea.

The bronze went to Yelena Kolomina of Kazakhstan, who also got a silver in the women's 1.4 km individual sprint classical on Monday.

The best Chinese finishers in the two cross-country free events were Li Hongxue in 32:10.9 and Wang Qiang in 43:33.8, taking the sixth and seventh place respectively.

"I'm satisfied with the performance of Li Hongxue and Wang Qiang," said Mikko Olavi Virtanen, head coach of the Chinese cross-country skiing team.

But he noted that the team still has a lot to do. "We are still a little behind the best Asian opponents in the long-distance races. We need more time," he said.


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