Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe on their way to World Championships slalom silver (Luc Percival/IPC)

After opening the Para Alpine World Championships with bronze in Tuesday’s giant slalom, Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe have gone one better by finishing second in today’s slalom.

The British pair were in third place after the first run, but within striking distance of the top two and in a strong position to again finish on the podium. However when Australia’s Melissa Perinne – who led after the first run – made a mistake in the closing stages of the second run, Fitzpatrick and Kehoe found themselves in the silver medal position.

Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkašová (guide: Natália Šubrtová) claimed the gold medal in a reversal of the 2018 Paralympics result when Fitzpatrick and Kehoe were victorious. Perrine (guide: Bobbi Kelly) claimed the bronze medal less than two seconds ahead of Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith who matched their giant slalom result to finished in fourth.

For Fitzpatrick and Kehoe, their silver medal improved their previous World Championship slalom result of best of fourth from 2017.

“We really just wanted to put down two solid runs and see how it ended up,” said Kehoe. “Then after the first run, the top three were really close so we had another chat and we still just wanted to put down a strong, safe run and not risk it too much because there was a good chance one of the other two might make a mistake and that’s what happened so we’re really happy with the result.”

Yesterday, James Whitley finished eighth in the men’s standing slalom, falling just short of his 2017 result when he was seventh. Neil Simpson (and guide Jamie Robertson) recorded a DNF in the first run of the visually impaired category.

The World Para Alpine Championships now move to Sella Nevea, Italy where the speed events will be held starting downhill on Tuesday, followed by super combined (Thu 31 Jan) and super G (Fri 1 Feb).

“We were there a couple of weeks ago and it’s a really fun hill,” said Fitzpatrick. “There’s a good feeling in the group so it will be great to get to Italy and get going again.

“Our results in the tech races have boosted our confidence and we’re excited to put our long skis in Sella Nevea."

Live results: https://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/live-results

 

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