Four-time Paralympic silver medallist Arthur Bauchet overcame yesterday’s downhill disappointment to clinch gold in the men’s standing super-G at the World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup in Saalbach in Austria.
The Frenchman saw his unbeaten streak in the World Cup come to an end when he finished second behind Switzerland’s Théo Gmür and Austria’s Markus Salcher in yesterday’s two downhill races.
But Bauchet, a double world champion, responded in superb style in the super-G as he finished in a winning time of 1min 19.09sec.
Russian Aleksei Bugaev, who bagged two downhill bronze medals yesterday, came second in 1:20.14.
Gmür finished third in 1:20.88 ahead of Austrian duo Nico Pajantschitsch and Salcher.
In the women’s standing super-G contest, Sweden’s Ebba Årsjö clinched gold with a time of 1:22.82.
Russia’s Varvara Voronchikhina, who completed a downhill double yesterday, had to settle for silver on this occasion as she came home in 1:24.63.
The bronze medal went to eight-time Paralympic champion Marie Bochet of France who registered 1:28.97.
Norwegian sitting skier Jesper Pedersen made it three wins from three in Saalbach as he backed up his downhill success to clinch super-G gold.
Pedersen, who won gold at Pyeongchang 2018, triumphed in a time of 1:19.37 as he saw off Italian Rene de Silvestro and Japan's Akira Kano who clocked 1:19.74 and 1:25.30 respectively.
Italian downhill world champion Giacomo Bertagnolli and his guide Andrea Ravelli won the men's race for athetes with visual impairments in 1:15.89 - almost seven seconds ahead of his nearest challenger.
The battle for second was far closer, with Slovakia’s Jakub Krako and guide Branislav Brozman edging out France’s Hyacinthe Deleplace and guide Maxime Jourdan by 2.5sec.
The other winner of the day was Slovakia’s Alexandra Rexová and her guide Eva Trajcikova, who won the women’s equivalent race in 1:33.39 with no other athlete in the category completing the course.
Competition is due to continue in Saalbach tomorrow with further super-G races.