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Beijing 2022: China and Canada ski to victory

Brian McKeever
Brian McKeever Image credit: cbc.ca

Canada and hosts China won double gold medals at the Beijing Winter Paralympics on day five of the competition at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre.

Canadian Brian McKeever (pictured above) skied to victory in the men’s sprint free visually impaired event winning his 15th medal in his Winter Paralympics career, he plans to retire after the 2022 event.

McKeever started losing his sight from the age of 19 after being diagnosed with stargardt disease.

Natalie Wilkie won another gold for Canada finishing first in the women’s standing free final which sees her home country remaining in second place on the medal table, with seven golds, two silvers and seven bronze.

Callum Deboys, Hope Gordon and Steve Thomas failed to qualify for GB at the later stages of Wednesday’s event.

Despite finishing 22nd in the men’s sitting qualification event, Deboys said: “For me and where I am that’s as good a result as I can get just now. I’m over the moon. I’m just trying to soak everything up and enjoy myself and get as much experience as I can with a view to the next Games.”

Gordon, who was 17th in the women’s sitting event, is looking ahead to her next event this weekend.

“I’ve got 7.5km on Saturday, never done one of them before, so not really got a huge amount of expectations, once again just try and get round it, it’s 7,300 metres longer than I’m used to racing,” she said.

China, who are currently first on the medal table, took more golds on day five of the competition.

Zheng Peng won the men’s sprint and Yang Hongqoing was first past the finish line in the women’s race.

In other events Benjamin Daviet of France won the men’s standing event and Austria’s Carina Edlinger was the winner of the visually impaired category for women.

Brian McKeever became Canada's most decorated Winter Paralympian when he won his 14th medal at the 2018 Winter Paralympics.