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Para Nordic skier Sin Eui-hyun becomes 1st S. Korean to win gold at Winter Paralympics

13:42 March 17, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, March 17 (Yonhap) -- Para Nordic skier Sin Eui-hyun earned South Korea's first gold at a Winter Paralympic Games after winning the men's cross-country skiing event at PyeongChang 2018 on Saturday.

Shin finished first among 34 contestants at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, with a time of 22 minutes, 28.40 seconds to take the gold medal in the men's 7.5-kilometer sitting cross-country skiing event.

This is the first time that South Korea took gold at the Winter Paralympic Games since the country made its debut at Albertville 1992. Before Shin's gold, South Korea won two silvers and one bronze.

It's also Shin's second medal at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games. He previously won bronze in the men's 15km sitting cross-country skiing last Sunday.

Daniel Cnossen of the United States was second at 22:33.7, followed by Maksym Yarovyi of Ukraine at 22:39.9.

South Korea's Sin Eui-hyun celebrates after winning the men's 7.5-kilometer sitting cross-country skiing event at the PyeongChang Winter Paralympic Games at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on March 17, 2018. (Yonhap)

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