Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe win super combined silver

Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe win super combined silver
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe have worked together since September 2015
Winter Paralympics on the BBC
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 claimed an excellent Winter Paralympic silver medal in the women’s visually impaired super combined event.

The pair were second after the super G run and despite a storming slalom effort they were unable to get the better of Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova, who were winning their third gold medal.

Fellow Britons Millie Knight and Brett Wild were fourth after a poor slalom run, while Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith finished seventh.

Fitzpatrick, 19, was born with congenital retinal folds and has no vision in her left eye and limited sight in her right, but started skiing aged five.

The Welsh skier crashed out of Saturday’s downhill race on the opening bend of the Jeongseon Alpine Centre but recovered superbly to take bronze behind Farkasova/Subrtova and Knight/Wild in Sunday’s individual super G.

Fitzpatrick and army officer Kehoe, 34, started working together in 2015 and have built up a solid partnership.

They were 1.65 seconds behind Farkasova/Subrtova at the halfway stage of the competition but their overall time of two minutes 29 seconds was 1.78secs behind the winners, with Australia’s Melissa Perrine and Christian Geiger taking bronze.

Knight and Wild, who also won downhill silver on Saturday, are stronger in the speed events and were third after the super G run but finished 0.91 adrift of the Australians.

It is GB’s fourth medal of the Games as they move closer to the UK Sport target of seven.

The skiers will be back in action on Wednesday in the rescheduled giant slalom events.

More to follow.

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