Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe win silver in giant slalom


Fitzpatrick and Kehoe won bronze in the giant slalom at last year’s World Championships
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Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-18 March Time in Pyeongchang: GMT +9
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Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe won their third Paralympic medal after finishing second in the women’s visually impaired giant slalom.

They clocked two minutes 28.34 seconds over the two runs to add to a super combined silver and super-G bronze.

Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova finished 5.34secs clear for their fourth gold medal.

GB’s Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith were fifth, with compatriots Millie Knight and Brett Wild seventh.

Welsh skier Fitzpatrick, 19, and Kehoe were second after the opening run, 3.62 seconds behind the Slovakian pair.

They were unable to close the gap on their rivals in the second run but did enough to bring the GB medal tally from the Games to five.

Since crashing out early from their opening downhill event, they have recovered superbly and gone from strength to strength as the programme has gone on.

“I feel immensely proud of what we did out there,” Fitzpatrick told BBC Sport.

“We definitely went out there and tried our very best. I was shattered by the end. We gave it our all.

“We were completely relaxed and just went for it.

“After the fall we just had to be strong and overcome it and show our best skiing to the world and what we are made of.”

Northern Ireland skier Gallagher, who won GB’s first Winter Paralympic gold in Sochi four years ago, had her best finish of these Games after seventh in the super combined and eighth in the super-G.

“This is one of the disciplines I love so I was hoping for a better result, but it is a strong field and hard to catch Henrieta,” said the 32-year-old.

“We’ve come out and tried our best and proved a lot to ourselves.

“A couple of months ago, you wouldn’t have imagined that we would even have got here.”

The women’s skiing programme concludes on Sunday with the slalom event.

Success for wheelchair curlers

The GB wheelchair curlers bounced back from two defeats on Tuesday to beat Germany 8-3 in the first of their two games on Wednesday to maintain their push for a top-four spot.

The GB rink were denied big scoring opportunities in the third and fifth ends by two brilliant last stones from German skip Christiane Putzich, which left the score at 3-3 going into the final three ends.

But Aileen Neilson and her team-mates, with alternate Angie Malone in for the match in place of Bob McPherson, held their nerve superbly to score three in the sixth end.

It seemed to rock the Germans’ confidence and GB took advantage to score a further two in the next end to finish the match strongly with an end to play.

They move onto five wins from their eight matches and face the USA in their second match from 05:35 GMT.

In the cross-country skiing, Britain’s Scott Meenagh failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s 1.1km seated event.

With the top 12 to go through, Meenagh, who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, finished 16th.