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German skier wins fourth gold, course chaos shakes biathlon games

English.news.cn   2014-03-15 07:19:44

SOCHI, March 14 (Xinhua) -- German skier Anna Schaffelhuber got her fourth gold medal in Sochi Paralympics Friday, while the final day of biathlon competition witnessed a bizarre twist on course chaos.

Schaffelhuber beat her teammate Anna-Lena Forster by a combined 5.66 seconds across both the slalom and super G components, but her slalom success was marred by being disqualified and then reinstated after an appeal.

"Today, we can celebrate a little bit more than at the slalom. We were not able to celebrate the slalom medal; it didn't have a good aftertaste. So we agreed to win a medal today, also," she said following women's sitting super combined alpine skiing game at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

On the biathlon field, every competitor except one skied the wrong course on the first loop in the women's 12.5km standing event.

The event descended into farce as the error was realized and Momoko Dekijima of Japan was forced to ski the men's 3km loop on her final lap in an attempt to even up the distances. That resulted in the 12.5km event becoming a 13km race.

Dekijima finished seventh in the shambolic competition, and despite a protest from the Japanese team, the IPC Nordic Skiing jury allowed the results to stand. In response, Japan stated its intent to protest against the ruling to the International Paralympic Committee on Saturday.

While the drama unfolded, Russia again finished top of the biathlon medal count with 11 for the day.

Roman Petushkov finished in first place, giving him his third biathlon gold of Sochi 2014. He has also won two cross country gold medals, and still has two cross country events to go. With the Russian delegation handing out 110,000 dollars for each event won, he could end up with a truly golden games.

French athlete Marie Bochet won the standing race by 4.35 seconds ahead of Andrea Rothfuss of Germany, winning her third gold medal of the Sochi Games.

Russian skier Aleksandra Frantceva continued her perfect run at Sochi, winning her second gold medal and her fourth of the Games in the visually impaired. She beat British Jade Etherington, who won silver, by 0.63 seconds.

It was another good day for Russia's skiers, with Valerii Redkozubov winning the visually-impaired super combined and Alexey Bugaev winning the standing event, their second gold at Sochi, having each won their respective slalom races on Thursday.

Josh Dueck from Canada won gold in the men's sitting event, with Heath Calhoun of the U.S. finishing second for silver and Roman Rabl of Austria finishing third and taking home bronze.

In the popular Shayba arena, Czech Republic beat Italy to finish fifth, and Republic of Korea finished seventh with a win over Sweden on the final day of sledge hockey classification games on Friday.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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