Bochet continues to star at IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships with third gold
Sunday, 24 February 2013
February 24 - France's Marie Bochet maintained her sensational form on the third day of competition at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain, by claiming her third gold medal in as many events, this time in the slalom.
In testing conditions, which saw many high profile skiers in all classes not finish the course, the 19-year-old showed exactly why she is being tipped to star at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics as she claimed he third world title.
It followed wins earlier wins in the downhill and Super-G, ensuring she remains on course for a clean sweep of all individual medals in the women's standing class.
Bochet took gold in a time of 2min 04.98sec with Germany's Andrea Rothfuss picking up her second silver of the Championships in 2:11.80 and Canada's Alexandra Starker the bronze in 2:13.65.
Today saw only a glimpse of the strong winds that led to yesterday's postponement of the slalom competition.
In the first event of the day Slovakia's defending champion Henrieta Farkasova, together with guide Natalia Subrtova, got back to winning ways taking gold in the women's visually impaired class.
Farkasova's time of 2:08.92 placed her ahead of Russia's super-G world champion Alexandra Frantseva and guide Pavel Zabotin, who took silver, while Canada's Viviane Forest and guide Chloe Lauzon-Gauthier took bronze.
In the women's sitting class Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber successfully defended her world title as she finished her two runs in a time of 2:26.18 while compatriot Anna-Lena Foster took silver with a time of 2:31.31 and Canada's Kimberly Joines the bronze in 2:32.76.
In the men's visually impaired class Russia's Ivan Frantsev and guide German Agranovskii won his first gold of the Championships in 1:57.94 with Slovakia's Miroslav Haraus and guide Maria Zatovicova taking silver and Russia's Valery Redkozubov and guide Viacheslav Redkozubov the bronze.
In the men's standing event, France's defending world champion Vincent Gauthier Manuel took the win in 1:55.85 with Switzerland's Thomas Pfyl the silver and reigning Paralympic champion Adam Hall in third place of New Zealand the bronze.
The final race of the day, the men's sitting class, saw Austria's Philip Bonadimann take the win in 1:58.51 with Japan's Taiki Morii the silver and Austria's Dietmar Dorn the bronze.
After the third day of competition and 18 medal events, France lead the medals table with eight medals, four of which are gold.
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