Beijing 2022: Ukraine win triple medals in biathlon

Ukraine Paralympic team
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Sweden beat Great Britain in the Winter Paralympics wiping the floor with a 6-4 win at the wheelchair curling event.

GB faced another defeat on day four of the games when Scott Meenagh and Callum Deboys finished ninth and 18th respectively in the biathlon won by Ukraine.

Vitaliy Lukyanenko claimed gold in the men’s middle distance vision impaired biathlon with Anatolii Kovalevskyi and Dmytro Suiarko winning the silver and bronze making it a triple win for Ukraine.

After the event Suiarko said: “I am happy, but you know the situation in Ukraine. Very hard concentration is needed in biathlon and I missed twice because yesterday my house where I live, it was bombed and destroyed.”

Ukrainian Iryna Bui won gold in the women's middle distance standing biathlon with Oleksandra Kononova taking silver and Liudmyla Liashenko bronze adding three more medals for their home country.

Ukraine are second in the medal table with six golds behind China’s eight.

Anastasiia Laletina, 19, pulled out of the biathlon middle distance sitting race after she heard her father – a Ukrainian soldier – had been taken prisoner by Russian forces.

After finishing second Kononova said: "All my thoughts, my heart and my soul is with my family and with my child.

"Emotionally it's very difficult to focus and to concentrate on the race and the competition, so this is the most difficult Paralympic Games for me."

Vitaliy Lukyanenko came into the Paralympics with six gold medals to his name already dating back to the 2006 Games in Torino.