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GB skiers suffer Paralympic Super-G disappointment

Great Britain's Sean Rose

GB's Rose crashes out of Super-G

Great Britain sit-skiers suffered another disappointing day in the Super-G race at the Winter Paralympics.

Sean Rose, who finished seventh in Thursday's downhill, crashed out early on in his run.

Talan Skeels-Piggins clocked one minute 37.62 seconds for 25th, four places ahead of team-mate Russell Docker.

Gold went to Japan's Akira Kano (1:19.98) with German Martin Braxenthaler second (1:20.63) and Japan's Taiki Morii (1:20.98).

The performance by Kano, who won bronze in the downhill, denied Braxenthaler a third gold after his victories in the giant slalom and slalom events earlier in the week.

Rose made an aggressive start to his run but he was left feeling frustrated after his ski cracked.

"My ski has blown up and I've popped out of the binding," he said. "What can you do?

"It's all cracked, I smacked the ski and it's all bent. It hit a really big compression and just launched and I ejected from the binding.

"But I was cooking, doing exactly what I wanted to do and at the end of the day I can't be too disappointed. It was equipment failure, not my failure.

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"I skied the rest of the course and I was looking at it thinking 'this race has my name written all over it'.

"I'm going to sulk in a corner somewhere."

Skeels-Piggins had to stop his first run after being yellow-flagged because of an injury to a fellow competitor lower down the course and had to return back up the hill to the start gate.

"That's racing for you," he said. "You need to get back up to the start gate, get your ski re-waxed by the technicians in just a few minutes and then there's the mental aspect of psyching yourself up at the start gate all over again.

"And you know the course that's coming which is not always a good thing because it's as icy as hell and you're not getting an edge.

"Whether or not that made me more tentative because I wanted to get down, I don't know."

Japan's Akira Kano
Kano put in a storming performance to win gold

Docker almost crashed early on in his run but steadied himself to finish the course.

Rose will be back in action in Saturday in the Super Combined, the final event of the Alpine Skiing programme.

Elsewhere, Canadian Lauren Woolstencroft won her fourth gold medal of the Games with an impressive success in the women's standing Super-G.

The home favourite, who is appearing in her third Paralympics was born without legs below the knees and also without one arm below the elbow, beat her nearest rival Italian Melania Corradini by 5.46 seconds.



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