31 January 2019
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe seal more medal joy for Brits in Italy
An inspired display from Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe saw them add two more medals to their collection with a gold and silver at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Italy.
In what has already been a supreme effort from Britain’s most decorated Paralympians, Fitzpatrick, 20, and 35-year-old Kehoe powered to visually impaired Super-G gold on the hills of Sella Nevea.
The four-time Paralympic medallists surged down in a time of 1:12.99, 1.82 seconds clear of their nearest challengers, Australians Melissa Perrine and Bobbi Kelly.
Perrine and Kelly nudged ahead of Fitzpatrick and Kehoe in the super-combined later in the day as they took gold, the British pair amassing another silver to their already-heaving cabinets.
Their achievements came after they made history on Wednesday by becoming the first British skiers to hold both World and Paralympic titles simultaneously after their win in the downhill.
Kelly Gallagher and Gary Smith ensured an even better day for the Brits in Italy, picking up bronze medals in both events to add to their downhill silver.
Gallagher’s pedigree on the world stage is hugely established, with the 33-year-old already boasting six medals before the start of the Championship.
Elsewhere, James Whitley placed fifth in the men’s super-combined standing, France’s Arthur Bauchet winning in a total time of 1:40.68.
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