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Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe lie second in giant slalom

Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe lie second in giant slalom
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe won bronze in the giant slalom at last year’s World Championships
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 Jen Kehoe are second after the first run of the women’s visually-impaired giant slalom at the Winter Paralympics.

Fitzpatrick and Kehoe, who won silver in Tuesday’s super combined, clocked a time of one minute 14.45 seconds.

They are 3.62 seconds behind Slovakia’s all-conquering pair of Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova

Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith are fifth, with double silver medallists Millie Knight and Brett Wild sixth.

The second run starts at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre at 05:00 GMT.

After crashing out of their opening downhill race, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe have gone from strength to strength, winning a silver and a bronze in their following two events.

They are half a second clear of Australia’s Melissa Perrine and her guide Christian Geiger with German pair Noemi Ewa Ristau and Lucien Gerkau a further 0.68 seconds adrift.

In the men’s standing giant slalom, Britain’s James Whitley put in a strong performance to finish joint 11th after the first run.

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 was 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 German team’s 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.

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.

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