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Beijing 2022: Simpson brothers to carry GB flag at closing ceremony

Neil and Andrew Simpson
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Britain’s James Whitely has finished eighth on the last day of Beijing’s Winter Paralympics in the men’s standing slalom event.

Neil Simpson, 19, guided by his brother Andrew, 21, clipped a gate on the first run pushing him back to 11th place at the halfway mark.

The Simpsons managed to buy back a bit of time in the second run, but due to their earlier mistake they finished ninth.

Italy’s Giacomo Bertagnolli won his second gold in Beijing ahead of Johannes Aigner of Austria.

In the seated event Norway’s Jesper Pederson claimed his fourth gold and fifth medal of the Games.

There was another gold for Ukraine when Anatolii Kovalevskyi won the open 4X2.5km relay which saw his country finish second on the medal table behind China.

In the mixed 4X2.5km relay Jake Adicoff took gold for the United States.

The Simpson brothers may have missed out winning medals on the final day, but they have been given the honour to carry Great Britain’s flag at today’s closing ceremony.

Neil Simpson said: "When we were asked it really made what has already been a special Games for us even more amazing."

Phil Smith ParalympicsGB chef de mission, paid tribute to the brothers saying they "epitomise the wonderful talent and spirit within the ParalympicsGB squad".

China won 61 medals overall in the games – 18 Gold, 20 Silver, 23 Bronze

Ukraine came second with 29 medals – 11 Gold, 10 Silver, 8 Bronze

Canada finished third with 25 medals – 8 Gold, 6 Silver, 11 Bronze

Great Britain finished 14th in the medal table with 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze.