Day 8 of the Beijing Paralympic Winter Games saw the conclusion of the Women’s Alpine programme, and five Brits on the course in the Cross-Country
For the first time at the Games, Britain was able to put all five Para Nordic athletes on the start line, with Steve Arnold finally able to make his Paralympic debut having been forced to miss the majority of the Games programme after testing positive for covid shortly before the team flew out to Beijing.
In a tough Cross Country Men’s Middle Distance Sitting race in tiring conditions, Arnold took 28th, with teammate Steve Thomas in 31st, Callum Deboys banking an excellent 20th place, and Scott Meenagh continuing his impressive Games in 16th spot.
In the Women’s Middle Distance Sitting, Hope Gordon’s debut Games saw her finish up in 16th place, a superb showing, particularly given the Games come in her first season in the sport.
In the Women’s Slalom contest, Menna Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight were unable to add to their medal haul in the VI category, and finish the Beijing Games with three medals between them.
In a competitive field, Fitzpatrick, guided by Gary Smith, looked well set placed after her second run, but a strong showing from Alexandra Rexova pushed her into fourth from the bronze medal position. Millie Knight. guided by Brett Wild, had to settle for eighth, but leaves the Games with another Paralympic medal under her belt and the honour of having taken ParalympicsGB’s first medal of the Games.
In the Seated class, Shona Brownlee showed every ounce of her resilience in overcoming a nasty fall on her first run to retake the course, put down a finishing time, and confirm another top-10 finish at the Games, finishing up in ninth spot.
Header Image: ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA – MARCH 12: Steve Arnold competes in the Men’s Middle Distance Sitting on day eight of the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics at Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre on March 12, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)