22 January 2019
Fitzpatrick takes giant slalom bronze ahead of Gallagher
Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jennifer Kehoe sealed a dramatic visually impaired giant slalom bronze at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships.
The pair, who are Winter Paralympic champions in the slalom, finished just ahead of compatriots Kelly Gallagher and guide Gary Smith in fourth.
A first run of 1:14.09 left Fitzpatrick and Kehoe – Britain’s most successful Winter Paralympians- just 0.06s ahead of Gallagher and Smith, with an improved second run of 1:11.57 stretching their narrow advantage to 0.1s.
Fitzpatrick and guide Kehoe – who took silver in the discipline in South Korea – completed the podium behind home favourites Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova, with Australian duo Melissa Perrine and Bobbi Kelly taking silver.
Both British pairs will look to better their respective results with the slalom, downhill and Super G still to come in Kranjska Gora, with Gallagher attempting to build on her six World Championship medals won in 2011 and 2013.
Fitzpatrick and Kehoe will be particularly confident in Thursday’s slalom, before the World Championships head from Slovakia to Sella Nevea in Italy next week.
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