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Beijing 2022: GB misses out on Slalom medal

Menna Fitzpatrick with guide Katie Guest
Menna Fitzpatrick with guide Katie Guest Image credit: cumnockchronicle.com

GB’s Menna Fitzpatrick (pictured above with guide Katie Guest) has finished fourth in the visually impaired slalom behind Austrian sisters Veronika and Barbara Aigner who took gold and silver.

Sixteen-year-old Slovakian Alexandra Rexova won bronze.

Fitzpatrick’s team-mate Millie Knight finished the race in eighth place with her guide Brett Wilde who announced this would be his final games before returning to the Navy. “It’s been amazing,” he said. “I’ve lived the dream for six years.”

Knight said: “It has just been the most incredible years together, and we’ve gone through the toughest times and the best times. It’s going to be a very difficult act to follow to find a new guide who’s up to Brett’s standards.”

In the women’s seated event Britain Shona Brownlee ended her first Winter Paralympics in ninth position after taking a fall on the slopes.

Nordic skier Steve Arnold, who lost both legs in 2011 serving in Afghanistan, eventually made his first games after a positive Covid test earlier in the week finishing 29th in the men’s cross country distance seated event.

Arnold travelled to China once testing negative, but tested positive again when he landed in the country.

The race was won by China’s cross-country skier Mao Zhongwu with his teammate Zheng Peng taking silver and Italy’s Giuseppe Romele bronze.

Britain’s Hope Gordon finished 16th in the women’s seated race won by Yang Hongqiong.

But the penultimate day of the games belonged to Canada’s Brian McKeever who won his third gold in the men’s impaired middle distance cross-country event.

McKeever has not lost an individual race in the Paralympics since 2006 winning 16 gold medals.

Leaders China has a total of 57 medals, almost a quarter of the medals which have been available in Beijing.