Beijing 2022: Menna Fitzpatrick and Neil Simpson win bronze

Menna Fitzpatrick skiing
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Team GB have won more medals at the Beijing Winter Paralympics after Menna Fitzpatrick and Neil Simpson scooped bronze in the super-G events.

Their victories see ParalympicsGB winning five medals three days into the games.

Fitzpatrick (pictured above) with her guide Gary Smith won silver on Sunday and finished fifth after their opening super-G race on Monday.

The 23-year-old athlete achieved the fastest slalom of her competition.

"We left ourselves a bit of work to do in the slalom," she said. "The plan of going out there and putting down a pretty decent run paid off, so we are super, super happy.

"The confidence is really, really high - it was quite a tricky slalom set with tight turns and lots of combinations. It was tough but really good fun."

Fitzpatrick and Smith completed the run in two minutes 0.598 seconds behind Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova, who took gold (2:03.39) and China's Zhu Daqing picking up silver (2:04.25).

Neil Simpson with his guide and brother Andrew were in fifth position at the halfway point after an error.

But when Slovakia’s Jakob Krako and France’s Hyacinthe Deleplace (who held first place at the halfway position) both made errors, the Simpsons brothers took bronze at a time of 1:52.81.

The pair finished behind Italy's Giacomo Bertagnolli who took gold (1:49.80) and Austria's Johannes Aigner won silver (1:51.98).

Neil, 19, said: "I think with the mistake in the first run, coming into the slalom we knew we had to charge, and we had nothing to lose going in to the second run.

"I skied a lot of slalom when I was younger as you have no choice growing up in Scotland and it's something I really enjoy.

"I was so tired after the gold medal yesterday, I just had some food and went to bed so we were in the right mind-set today."

Menna Fitzpatrick was discovered by a coach whilst skiing at the Chill Factore indoor slope in Manchester in 2010.