Great Britain have won another two medals in the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics. In difficult conditions, Menna Fitzpatrick claimed bronze in the women’s super combined visually impaired class, adding to the silver that she won with guide Gary Smith in the Super-G on Sunday.
It takes Fitzpatrick to six Paralympic medals overall in her career, and afterwards she said: “We left ourselves a bit of work to do in slalom and the plan paid off, of going out there and putting down a pretty decent run, so we are super, super happy.”
Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova won her 11th Paralympics gold in the event, with Zhu Daqing of China taking silver as the hosts continued to dominate the medals table. Britain’s Millie Knight just missed out on the medals in fourth place.
The slalom stage of Monday’s combined events was delayed by half an hour, before a series of crashes affected favourites across the events, including in the men’s super combined visually impaired class, where Neil Simpson, guided by his brother Andrew, finished on the podium with a bronze medal.
“Coming into the slalom we knew we had to charge, and we had nothing to lose going in to the second run,” said 19-year-old Neil Simpson. “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 mindset today.”
A crash by leader Hyacinthe Deleplace of France on the final slalom run of the competition left Italy’s Giacomo Bertagnolli the winner and the British brothers in third.
Canada’s three-time defending champion Brian McKeever won the gruelling long-distance cross-country visually impaired event again to claim the 14th Winter Paralympic gold medal of a glittering career. It is the 42-year-old’s sixth appearance at a Winter Paralympics.
Ukraine’s Oksana Shyshkova won her second gold of these Games with victory in the women’s equivalent. She finished nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the competitors. Natalie Wilkie of Canada made it a double celebration for the Canadians with gold in the women’s cross-country standing long-distance.
France’s Cécile Hernandez had to win a court battle over her classification in order to be able to compete in Beijing after the International Paralympic Committee removed her LL1 class from these Games, and she was rewarded with a gold medal in the LL2 snowboard cross. China took a clean sweep of the podium in the men’s SB-UL event, with Ji Lijia taking gold. World and Paralympic champion Matti Suur-Hamari of Finland successfully defended his men’s SB-LL2 title won in Pyeongchang.
Britain’s wheelchair curlers won their first match in Beijing, with a 15-1 rout of Switzerland in the morning session at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. They sit joint third in the round-robin standings.
China continue to dominate the medal table, having taken seven golds, eight silver and 10 bronze medals in the first three days of sport. The combined total of 25 medals is more than double the next nearest nation, Canada, who have taken 12 medals so far. Ukraine continue to sit second in the medal table.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has thanked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president Thomas Bach for their role in awarding and helping host the Games, saying China has delivered on its promise of a “simple, safe and splendid” event. The IOC was widely criticised for giving China the right to host with its human rights record, and in the wake of the treatment of tennis player Peng Shuai. The US and UK were among nations who staged a diplomatic boycott of last month’s Winter Olympics.