PyeongChang 2018: Day 4 as it happens13.03.2018
Latest updates on every event underway on the fourth day of the Winter Games
Alpine skiing - super combined
Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova (guide Natalia Subrtova) survived a late scare in the afternoon's slalom to secure her third gold of the Games in the women's vision impaired. Great Britain's Menna Fitzpatrick (guide Jennifer Kehoe) secured silver, while bronze went to Mel Perrine (guide Christian Geiger). The Australian was sixth after the morning's super-G but posted the afternoon's fastest slalom time by more than two secords to reach the podium.
Despite a crash in the first run of the women's standing by French favourite Marie Bochet, her German rival Andrea Rothfuss still had to settle for silver. Leading after the first run, Rothfuss' slalom time was over a second slower than that of Canada's Mollie Jepson whose outstanding second run gave her gold by 0.37 seconds. Jepson's teammate Alamna Ramsay picked up her second bronze of the Games.
Arguably the performance of the day came from Anna-Lena Forster in the women's sitting. Placed fourth after the first run, the 22-year-old German produced the fastest slalom run by more than four seconds to deny teammate Anna Schaffelhuber an eighth consecutive Paralympic gold. Schaffelhuber took silver, and Japan's Momoka Muraoka the bronze.
Sunday's super-G bronze medallist Miroslav Haraus (guide Maros Hudik) ensured it was a Slovakian gold medal double in the vision impaired races taking the men's race in style. Spain's Jon Santacana Maiztegui (guide Miguel Galindo Garces) took silver - his first medal of the Games - while Neutral Paralympic Athlete Valerii Redkozubov (guide Evgeny Geroev) was awarded the bronze. This followed the disqualification of Slovakia's Jakub Krako (guide Branislav Brozman).
Neutral Paralympic Athlete Aleksei Bugaev retained his Paralympic title in impressive fashion in the men's standing. More than a second quicker in the slalom than anyone else in the field, the 20-year-old overtook French teenager and early race eader Arthur Bauchet to scoop the gold. A fast slalom saw New Zealand's Adam Hall move up the rankings from seventh to take the bronze.
Dutch sit-skier Jeroen Kampschreur - a spectator at Sochi 2014 - won his first Paralympic title in the day's final event. Sitting third after the morning's super-G, the 18-year-old posted the fastest slalom time by nearly a second to top the podium. France's Frederic Francois took the silver medal ahead of early race leader Jesper Pedersen.
Germany's Andrea Eskau secured the seventh Paralympic title of her career with victory in the women's 10km sitting. She missed one shot all race and won the race by more than 70 seconds from Neutral Paralympic Athlete Marta Zainullina. The bronze medal went to Zainullina's compatriot Irina Guliaeva.
Taras Rad claimed Ukraine's fourth gold of the Games after leading home the field in the men's sitting 12.5km by more than one minute. The US pair of Daniel Cnossen and Andrew Soule took silver and bronze respectively.
Neutral Paralympic Athlete Ekaterina Rumyantseva is the first athlete to win three gold medals at PyeongChang 2018. She completed her hat-trick in the women's 10km standing event, finishing 80 seconds ahead of compatriot Anna Milenina. Ukraine's Liudmyla Liashenko claimed bronze.
A breakaway of three athletes from the 10km mark in the men's 12.5km standing saw Frenchman Benjamin Daviet take the win in a thrilling finish. Just six seconds separated him from silver medallist Ihor Reptyukh of Ukraine. Canada's Mark Arendz, who led the race at one point, settled for the bronze medal.
There was a convincing win for Ukraine's Oksana Shyshkova (guide Vitaliy Kazakov) in the women's 10km vision impaired. The 28-year-old, who has won two silvers already at these Games, beat Neutral Paralympic Athlete Mikhalina Lysova (guide Alexey Ivanov) into silver by more than two minutes. Bronze went to Germany's Clara Klug (guide Martin Hartl).
Belarus picked up its second gold of the Games courtesy of Yury Holub (guide Dzmitry Budzilovich) in a thrilling men's vision impairment race. The 21-year-old denied Ukraine's Oleksandr Kazik (guide Sergiy Kucheryaviy) gold by less than three seconds. Bronze went to Kazik's teammate Iurii Utkin (guide Ruslan Perekhoda).
The USA secured top spot in Group B with a 8-0 hammering over hosts South Korea. The defending champions qualified for the semi-finals by scoring 28 goals and conceding none in three group games. USA will face Italy to see who progresses to the gold medal match.
Norway secured third spot in Group A with a 3-1 win against Scandinavian rivals Sweden. Lena Schroeder, the first woman to play the sport at a Paralympics since 1994, started for the Norwegians.
In the final game of the day Pavel Kubes scored twice as Czech Republic picked up their first win of the competition, beating Japan 3-0 to take thirs spot in Group A.
During the morning session China suffered their first defeat of the Games losing 8-5 against defending champions Canada but recovered to win its next match against the USA 6-4. Just behind the Beijing 2022 host country in the rankings are hosts South Korea who secured a fifth win in six games with a 11-3 victory over Finland.
After losing 7-5 to the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation in the morning, Slovakia bounced back to topple Great Britain 6-5 in a thrilling contest in the afternoon session.
Having lost their first five matches, Sweden had a day to remember, first beating world champions Norway 5-4 and then humbling Germany 9-5.
Switzerland defeated Finland 10-7.
In the evening session Canada's 6-5 extra ends win over USA move them into clear third in the rankings. There were also wins for NPA over Great Britain (8-2), Norway against Germany (8-6) and another win for hosts South Korea who continued their winning streak by beating Switzerland 6-5.
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