Cross country skier Ilkka Tuomisto has won the first medal for Finland in the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. Tuomisto placed second in the 20 km classic standing competition on Monday, bringing home the silver. Russia’s Rushan Minnegulov won the gold.
Tuomisto fought hard for his silver against his fellow competitor, Vladislav Lekomtcev from Russia. He finished the race strong, however, winning out over Lekomcev by over 10 seconds. The day’s gold medal winner, Minnegulov, was in a class all his own, skiing for a 36.4 second lead over Tuomisto.
The medal was Tuomisto’s second in the Paralympics, having won the bronze in the sprint competition four years earlier in Vancouver.