Scott Grant/The Canadian Press Canadian Brian McKeever (right) and guide Graham Nishikawa compete in the men's visually impaired 20-kilometre race at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia on Monday March 10, 2014.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Canada has its first gold medal at the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games.

Cross-country skier Brian McKeever won the men’s visually impaired 20-kilometre race on Monday.

The 34-year-old from Canmore, Alta., finished in a time of 52 minutes 37.1 seconds for his eighth career Paralympic gold medal.

Russia’s Stanislav Chokhlaev was second, 1:16.0 back, while Sweden’s Zebastian Modin finish third, 4:33.3 off the pace.

McKeever won three gold medals at the Vancouver Paralympics four years ago and has two more races to go at the Sochi Games.

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