American Robert Balk clocked a total time of 2:00.70 at the first Para Sport World Cup event of the season ©Getty Images

Robert Balk secured gold at the first International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) Para Sport World Cup event of the season in Lake Placid.

The American was fastest on the first run with his time of 1min 00.21sec, and a joint-quickest second run of 1:00.49 to ensured he claimed victory with a finishing total of 2:00.70.

Balk had to stave off a strong challenge from Britain's Corie Mapp, who was 0.33sec slower in second.

The ex-European champion clocked 1:00.54 on his first run, and matched Balk's time on the second.

Switzerland's Christopher Stewart finished second overall on last season's World Cup circuit.

He began his campaign with a third-place finish at Lake Placid.

Stewart was third on both runs, completed in times of 1:00.61 and 1:00.51, which earned him a total of 2:01.12.

Ten athletes competed at the IBSF Para Sport World Cup opener, with fourth-placed Israel Blanco of Spain the best of the rest with his two runs of 1:00.88 and 1:00.98.

Blanco finished with a 2:01.86 total.

Lonnie Bissonnette of Canada triumphed in the 2019-2020 Para Sport World Cup and finished third overall last season.

He placed sixth in Lake Placid today, however, finishing with a time of 2:02.19.

The resort in New York State is also set to stage the second event of the season tomorrow.