The downhill at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center has now concluded, with medals contested in three categories in the women’s and men’s competitions.
In the women’s visually impaired event, Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova recorded the best time of 1 minute and 31.55 seconds. In the second place, 2.73 seconds behind, was Great Britain’s Jade Etherington. The bronze Award belongs to the Russian Alexandra Frantseva, who completed the descent 4.23 seconds behind Farkasova’s gold winning time.
France’s Marie Bouchet ended up top of the rankings in the women’s standing category, having completed the descent in 1 minute and 30.72 seconds. Behind her came silver medal winner Inga Medvedeva from Russia (1:32.19) and America’s Allison Jones (1:34.09), who won the bronze medal.
In the women’s sitting category, the gold medal was won by Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber. She finished with a time of 1 minute and 35.55 seconds. The second and third places were secured by athletes from the United States. The silver was claimed by Alana Nichols, who completed the descent just 0.14 seconds after Schaffelhuber, and bronze belongs to Laurie Stevens, who finished 1.39 seconds outside the gold medal position.
In the competition for men with impaired vision, the Paralympic Winter Games gold won by the Spanish skier Jon Santakana, with a descent time of 1:21.76. A mere 0.25 seconds behind him was the Slovakian skier Miroslav Haraus, winning the silver. Canada’s Mark Mack took 1.26 seconds longer for his descent, earning the bronze.
In the men’s standing category, the best time was achieved by Austria’s Markus Salzer (1:24.35). Russia’s Alexey Bugaev claimed second place - just 0.6 seconds behind. France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel, who finished 0.95 seconds behind gold position, was in the third place.
The men’s sitting category saw Japan and Canada on the podium. The gold medal was won by Japanese skier Akira Kano, who completed the course in 1 minute and 23.80 seconds. Canada’s Josh Duke lost out on gold by just 0.39 seconds, but secured the silver medal. Takeshi Suzuki made it two Japanese athletes on the podium for the competition, claiming the bronze medal, 0.95 seconds after his compatriot.