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Paralympics: US tops medal tally after Day 1

IANS  |  Pyeongchang 

The on Saturday got off to a good start on the opening day of the 2018 Winter Games, topping the medals tally with three gold, one silver and one bronze medals.

and the Neutral Athletes (NPA) tied for second place with two gold and one silver medals apiece, reports

The NPA refers to Russian para-athletes in PyeongChang as Russians were banned from competing under its national flag for the alleged state-sponsored doping scandal. During the PyeongChang in February, Russian athletes were allowed under the Olympic Athletes from (OAR) banner.

Ukraine, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, and each won a gold on the first day to join the three powerhouses atop the medal table.

All of Saturday's medals came from -- alpine and biathlon -- on which six gold medals were up for grabs respectively.

The US team, the biggest at the Winter Paralympics with 69 athletes, was at the head with unexpected victories of the biathlon combining and shooting. The U.S. duo of and Kendall Gretsch, which had never won a race before, both claimed gold in the sitting event.

Gretsch finished first in the women's sit ski. of the won silver, beating of who took the bronze.

"It's my first Paralympics, first race, so it's just a great way to kick off the week and hopefully there is more to come," Gretsch said.

Cnossen, a former U.S Navy Seal, came first in the men's sit ski. The silver went to Dzmitry Loban, the husband and coach of Hrafeyeva, making it a double success for and the family. of took bronze, which was also unpredicted.

All of the NPA's gold medals came from biathlon: taking gold in the women's standing and Mikhalina Lysova winning the women's 6km vision impaired event.

won a gold medal in the men's 7.5km standing, while dominated the vision impaired biathlon event with a gold and a bronze in the men's 7.5km.

All the six gold medal winners in the alpine event came from different countries. Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova won the first gold medal of the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics in the women's vision impaired downhill event.

took gold in the women's standing downhill The silver and the bronze went to and each.

German Anna Schaffelhuber, who had won five gold medals in Sochi four years ago, took a good start, winning a gold in the women's sitting downhill

Canada's first gold of the PyeongChang Paralympics was won by Mac Marcoux, guided by in the men's vision impaired downhill

Switzerland's took his first gold in the men's standing skiing, and US Andrew Kurka, the reigning downhill world champion, won the race in the men's sitting category.

The opening competition day offered a couple of surprises to the host country.

Hosts entertained the crowd in ice sledge group match with a 4-1 victory over beat 3-2 in the penalty shootout in a nerve-racking opening game.

In wheelchair curling, made another great start by beating the 7-3. The NPA was defeated by 9-4, while won 8-0 over



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 18:40 IST