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Beijing 2022: China excel in snowboarding event

Ji Lijia at the Beijing winter Paralympics award ceremony
Ji Lijia at the Beijing winter Paralympics award ceremony Image credit:

China has excelled in the men’s snowboard cross UL (upper limb) event at the Winter Paralympics with 19-year-old Ji Lijia (pictured above) beating team-mates Wang Pengyao and Zhu Yonggang at the Genting Snow Park near Beijing.

Britain finished in fifth place when James Barnes-Miller missed out after a crash in the semi-final, but day three belonged to China.

The hosts won another medal when Wu Zhongwei picked up bronze in the men’s lower limb LL1 event ahead Canada's world champion Tyler Turner and defending champion American Mike Schultz.

China is now in first place on the leader board with 25 medals, formed of seven gold, eight silver and 10 bronze.

Unfortunately day three of the games were not a success for Britain who failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the LL2 division which saw Finland’s Mati Suur-Hamari take gold.

Cecile Hernandez won gold in the women’s LL2 event which saw America’s Brenna Huckaby scoop bronze.

The two athletes almost missed the games after being deemed “too disabled”, but won a legal case in a German court.

Canada continued its winning streak when Brian McKeever won his 14th Winter Paralympic gold medal in the men’s long-distance cross-country visually impaired event in 55:36.7 finishing more than three minutes ahead of USA’s Jake Adicoff who took silver (58:54.4)

Ji Lijia has only been snowboarding for six years and is already one of the best Paralympians in the world.