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Beijing 2022: James Whitley finishes sixth in Slalom

James Whitely doing a thumbs up
James Whitely doing a thumbs up Image credit: gettyimages.no

British Paralympian James Whitley has finished sixth in the men’s standing giant slalom at the Beijing games.

Whitley was born without hands and was involved in a serious boating accident at the age of six, because of his disability the athlete does not use skiing poles.

The event was won by Finland’s Santeri Kiiveri who finished 0.04 seconds ahead of American Thomas Walsh.

Brothers Neil and Andrew Simpson missed out on medals for GB when they finished in fifth place.

Whitley and the Simpson brothers will compete in their final event this Sunday in the slalom.

Earlier this week the GB wheelchair curling team did not qualify for the semi-finals, although they ended their games on a high with an 8-4 win over Latvia.

Their defeat sees GB finishing with four victories from 10 round-robin games.

Ukraine athletes and officials have called for peace in their home country following Russia’s invasion on 24 February.

The 20 Ukrainian Paralympians held a “peace for all” banner followed by a minute’s silence led by National Paralympic Committee president Valerii Sushkevych.

"This one minute is about the thousands of people, including children and others with disabilities, back in Ukraine," said Sushkevych.

"If mankind is civilised, then this war must be stopped. People, women and children deserve to live, not die."

Head coach Andriy Nesterenko said seven members of the team come from Kharkiv, which has been under siege by Russian forces.

James Whitley ambition is to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hour race.