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Skeels-Piggins wins Europa Cup Super-G race

Talan Skeels-Piggins
Skeels-Piggins missed out on a medal at the Vancouver Paralympics

British Paralympic skier Talan Skeels-Piggins secured the best result of his career with victory in the Europa Cup Super-G race in Pitztal, Austria.

The 40-year-old from Bath was left paralysed after a motorbike accident in 2003 and races in the sit-ski category.

He finished in a time of one minute 12.16 seconds - a second clear of the remainder of the field.

Team-mate Sean Rose finished fourth, just missing out on a podium place by 0.12 seconds.

The Super-G race was the only one on the schedule to survive after the postponement of the giant slalom and slalom events because of bad weather.

The results follow the promising start to the season by squad newcomers Peter Dunning and Martin Hewitt, both members of the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team, in their entry level races in Sestriere as they bid to reach next year's World Championships.

Dunning, who lost both legs and broke his back in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2008, won both the slalom and giant slalom races in the seated category.

Hewitt, whose right arm is paralysed after he was shot in Afghanistan in 2007, was second in both races in the standing category.



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see also
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Skeels-Piggins in super-G line-up
19 Feb 10 |  Disability Sport
A-Z of Paralympic classification
28 Aug 08 |  Disability Sport
Disability Sport on the BBC
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