[MEDAL ALERT] Brian McKeever adds to record medal haul with gold in cross country sprint

Canadian Paralympic Committee

March 09, 2022

Canadian now at 15 golds in legendary career


BEIJING – Brian McKeever won his 15th career gold medal at the Paralympic Games on Wednesday as he combined forces with guide Russell Kennedy for the victory in the men’s visually impaired one-kilometre cross country sprint.

McKeever, the long distance winner on Monday, clocked three minutes and 19.5 seconds in the final as he and Russell took the lead on the last turn into the straightaway. Jake Adicoff and his guide Sam Wood won the silver in 3:20.3 and Zebastian Modin of Sweden with Emil Haag Joensson was third in 3:37.8.

The 42-year-old McKeever from Canmore saved his best for last, after ranking second in both qualifying and his semifinal heat.

McKeever has won the cross country sprint in all of his six Paralympic Winter Games appearances dating back to 2002 in Salt Lake City. He is Canada’s most successful winter Paralympian with 19 medals.

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