Winter Paralympics: Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe win Winter Paralympic slalom gold

Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe
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Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-18 March Time in Pyeongchang: GMT +9
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Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick and guide Jen Kehoe have won gold in the women’s visually-impaired slalom at the Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang.

The pair, who had already won two silvers and a bronze in Korea, beat Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Natalia Subrtova by 0.66 seconds.

It is GB’s first gold of the Games and only their second-ever Winter Paralympic gold.

Millie Knight and Brett Wild won bronze for GB to add to their two silvers.

It means the ParalympicsGB team meet their UK Sport target of 6-12 medals with the ambition of seven.

Welsh skier Fitzpatrick, 19, and army officer Kehoe, 34, trailed Farkasova and Subrtova, who were chasing their fifth gold medals of the Games, by 0.66 seconds after the first run.

The penultimate pairing to go out in the second run, the GB pair stormed down the course at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre to go top of the leaderboard but had an anxious wait to see what their Slovakian rivals could do.

But Farkasova and Subrtova were unable to cope with the pressure and could only clock the third-fastest time of the second run, leading to wild celebrations for the British supporters.

Fitzpatrick, who started skiing aged five on a family holiday, was born with congenital retinal folds which means she has no vision in her left eye and limited vision in her right eye.

Her and Kehoe, who started working together in 2015, communicate on the slopes via bluetooth headsets, like most of their rivals while Kehoe wears brightly-coloured clothing.

They had a nightmare start to their Paralympic campaign when the teenager crashed out early on in their opening downhill event.

However, they recovered superbly to finish third in the super-G before runners-up spot in both the super combined and giant slalom.

More to follow.

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