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Netherlands end top as Banked Slalom finals close the World Chapionships in Canada

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Banked Slalom races in the 5 Paralympic classifications closed the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships in Big White, Canada

 

 

France’s Maxime Montaggioni pulled the biggest upset, while the Netherlands added two more titles on Tuesday (7 February), the final day of competition at the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships in Big White, Canada. Banked slalom races took place, with Montaggioni (1:10.65) knocking off the US favourite Mike Minor (1:10.94) with his third – and final – run for his first ever world title in the men’s SB-UL category. The 27-year-old screamed in celebration once he heard Minor’s time in the third run. “I saw that Minor was so fast, so in my second run I tried to do better. It did, but it was not enough. And the last run I said I have nothing to lose and to just go down as fast as I can,” said Montaggioni, who had lost to Minor in the snowboard-cross big final on Saturday (4 February). “In this moment, I’m just happy. I’m smiling a lot,” he said. “I just want to go with my team to celebrate this incredible feeling.”

Minor, last season’s banked slalom World Cup winner, had gone undefeated all season until Tuesday; he added the silver to the gold medal he won from Saturday’s snowboard-cross. Great Britain’s Ben Moore, silver medallist from 2015, completed the podium.

 

The men’s SB-LL2 also came down to the last run, with a matter of split-seconds separating the medallists. Finland’s Matti Suur-Hamari’s time of 1:07.82 sealed the deal and completed a golden World Championships. Great Britain’s Owen Pick (1:08.23) momentarily held the lead until Suur-Hamari bumped him to the silver medal. Japan’s Gurimu Narita (1:08.40) proved his wins from the NorAm and World Cups in January were no fluke. The former track-and-field athlete took home bronze to continue a remarkable season debut. “I was surprised that I came out with the gold medal because it was such a tight race,” Suur-Hamari said. “The guys were putting good times and the course was freaking long.”

 

The Dutch continued to flex their strengths, as Bibian Mentel-Spee and Chris Vos went two-for-two at Big White 2017. In second place after her first run, Mentel-Spee summoned speed in her next to retain her world title in the women’s SB-LL2. Her compatriot Lisa Bunschoten secured her second silver in Big White, and some redemption after missing the banked slalom podium from the 2015 World Championships in La Molina, Spain. Australia’s reigning silver medallist Joany Badenhorst completed the podium. “I’m so happy that it worked out,” Mentel-Spee said. “After my first run I got really really scared. Lisa was a half-second before me, and I was like ‘Wow I really need to step up my game’ because she was really fast. So I did in the second run, luckily I took some time off my first run; I was really stoked about that.”

 

Vos’ first-run time in the men’s SB-LL1 was untouched, as the 18-year-old can now call himself a four-time world champion. After missing the podium in Saturday’s snowboard-cross race, the USA’s Mike Schultz did not leave empty handed as he locked the silver medal. Austria’s Reinhold Schett held onto third place by .70 seconds, completing a successful Worlds debut that saw him take silver in snowboard-cross. “I came here to defend my gold medal, but I knew the guys were really charging,” Vos said. “The border-cross was really tight but the banked slalom is more my race, there is more carving. But yeah, it happened twice again, and I am really excited.”

 

After taking last season off due to pregnancy, the USA’s Brenna Huckaby was another snowboarder to go undefeated in Big White. The 21-year-old upgraded her silver from La Molina 2015, dethroning France’s reigning world champion Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon in the women’s SB-LL1. The race for bronze was tight, and the USA’s Amy Purdy was able to squeeze onto the podium with her second run. “I did not land a single training run [on Monday] so I came in with low expectations,” Huckaby said. “Coming from such a high from snowboard-cross into banked slalom, I just told myself place doesn’t matter. I got what I came here for and I just wanted to love snowboarding again and that is exactly what I did. So there was no pressure.”

 

France was the only nation to win a Paralympic quota, as the other event winners had previously won quotas in Snowboard-Cross. These 4 unused quota will be added to the Bipartite allocation, which is now 23 men and 13 women.

The next stage of qualification is the World Rankings after the 2016/17 Season, which will continue with World Cup events in La Molina (13-18 Feb) and PyeongChang (8-13 Mar), and the European Cup Final in Rogla (17-21 Mar). There will be 2 other WPSB events where athletes can gain points in United States (Copper Mountain) and Canada (Tremblant) in late March and early April.

 

Paralympic Games 2018 Quota:

Women's BSL LL1: Reallocated to Bipartite

Women's BSL LL2: Reallocated to Bipartite

Men's BSL UL: :FRA France

Men's BSL LL1: Reallocated to Bipartite

Men's BSL LL2: Reallocated to Bipartite

 

 

Full Results Here

Edited by uk12points

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Ukraine on top at Para Nordic Skiing World Championships

Middle distance Biathlon races in the 6 Paralympic classifications opened the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany

 

 

Ukraine were dominant on day 1 of the Biathlon competition at the Para Nordic Skiing World Championships. Ukraine won 9 of the available 18 medals on Day 1, including 3 gold medals in the Women's 10km Standing and Visually Impaired and Men's 12.5km Visually Impaired.

 

The host nation Germany were also strong on the first day, winning the first gold medal of the championships and topping that off with another silver and 2 bronze medals across the other events.

 

There were also gold medals for Belarus and Canada, with France, Japan and South Korea all picking up medals on Day 1.

 

Tomorrow the Cross-Country Skiing events begin with the sprint, where double the number of athletes will compete.

 

Full Results Here

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Ukraine dominate as 3 new nations win golds

 

Day 2 saw the start of the Cross-Country events at the 2017 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships in Finsterau, Germany with the sprint freestyle.

 

 

Ukraine were dominant yet again at the 2017 Para Nordic Skiing World Championships, winning 3 golds and 8 medals as well as 3 fourth places. In a shock upset Liudmyla Liashenko beat team mateOleksandra Kononova to the Women's Standing gold, ending Kononova's hope of repeating her dominance from Cable 2015, where she won every race she was enetered in.

 

Austria, Sweden and United States all won their first gold medals, this increased diversity of nations winning medals is largely down to Russia's continued ban from IPC competitions over systematic doping.

 

There were also medals for Germany, Poland, Belarus, France and Norway on Day 2.

 

There were also record number of competitors in a Para Cross Country Skiing World Championships with 102 athletes competing today, compared with 88 in 2015 and 100 in 2013. Considering the absence of Russia, who frequently send over 20 athletes these figures show the growth of the sport. One point to note was how many Chinese competitors took part, which can be visibly seen in the results portal, which was 25, an indication that the future Paralympic host nation is targeting Para Nordic Skiing as a main source of medals at the 2022 Winter Paralympics.

 

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Relay day at the Para Nordic Skiing World Championships

 

Ukraine and France win gold in the two relay events, Mixed and Open.

 

 

The Mixed relay is formed by teams of 2 to 4 athletes from 1 country, the combined total ranking factor percentage of all the athletes must not exceed 330% (there are further deductions for female and sit ski athletes). In the race Ukraine asserted their dominance, winning gold ahead of Sweden and Belarus.

 

The Open Relay if formed by teams of 2 to 4 athletes from 1 country, the combined total ranking factor percentage of all the athletes must not exceed 370%. In the race France took gold, defending their title from 2015, with Norway and Canada winning silver and bronze. The lead changed multiple times during the race with France, Canada and Ukraine all coming into transitions with the lead at one point in the race.

 

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:ITA Beatrice Vio won the "Athlete whit disability" prize at the Laurence Sports Awards!

 

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USA and GB on top at the Para Cycling Track World Championships

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The UCI Para Cycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles finished yesterday and the USA topped the medals table winning 10 golds and 20 medals, closely followed by GB with 8 golds and 16 medals. A total of 13 nations won a medal at the Championships which kicked off the road to Tokyo 2020 for many athletes.

 

The United States sent a strong team that included reigning Paralympic champions Shawn Morelli and Jamie Whitmore, along with 2016 Paralympic medallists Samantha Bosco and Joseph Berenyi, along with rising stars Jennifer Schuble and Christopher Murphy.

 

Close on the United State's heels was the British team, who dominated the Tandem B events for visually impaired athletes, who won 5 of the 6 golds and 12 of the 15 medals available in visually impaired cycling events. The dominance was led by 2016 Paralympic Champion Sophie Thornhill who won every race she was entered in and on the men's side James Ball raised his game to win 2 gold medals and deliver times that would have put him on the podium in 2016. Another successful athlete was Jonathan Gildea who narrowly missed out on Paralympic selection but came back fighting by winning 2 gold medals, again with times that would have won him Paralympic medals in Rio.

 

Other strong performances came from double Paralympic medallist Lauro Cesar Chaman from Brazil who won 3 individual medals and two Canadian riders, Tristen Chernove and Ross Wilson who both won silver medals in Rio.

 

Full Results Here

Edited by uk12points

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Russia top after round robin at the Wheelchair Curling World Championships

 

Russia have come out on top after the round robin stage after winning 8 of their 9 games. Scotland finsihed second with 6 wins and 3 losses with China third with the same scoresheet, but Scotland will progress to the Upper Semifinal because of head-to-head victories.

 

Canada and Norway both finished on 5 wins and 4 losses and will play off for the final place in lower semifinal against China in a tie-breaker tomorrow morning. Also joining them on the ice tomorrow morning will be Germany and Switzerland who find themselves at the other end of the table and in a relegation tie breaker, with the loser moving to the Group B World Championships. The loser will join Finland in the Group B World Championships who have already been relegated after finishing bottom with just 2 wins.

 

The tie-breakers and upper/lower semifinals will take place tomorrow, with the semifinal and medal matches on Saturday.

 

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9th Fazza Para-Athletics Championships - Dubai 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix, 20 to 23 March

new world record for :ALG:clap: + 5 Gold , 2 Silver , 1 Bronze: day 1

 

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all the results day 1 here

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Yesterday started the 2017 Parapan American Youth Games, which are being held at the recently opened Brazilian Paralympic Training Centre in Sao Paulo.

 

For those who are interested, here's the official site (first medal events are happening today).

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Oceania Para Table Tennis Championships begin tomorrow (follow results here)

 

Athletes from :AUS:FIJ:GUM:KIR:NCL:NZL:PNG:SOL:TGA:TUV:VAN will compete, a record for the region. There is a big IPC intiative in the region that basically is getting most disabled people into table tennis, for the 2019 championships they want to get lots of competitors so no classes have to be combined, thus qualifying more oceanian athletes from more countries to the Paralympics.

 

Bear in mind that Guam, Kiribati and Tuvalu have never competed at a Paralympic games, so hopefully they will all make their debuts in Tokyo

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Australia on top at Oceania Para Table Tennis Championships 2017

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Australia won 8 out of 9 gold medals at the Championships in Suva, Fiji

 

 

The dominance of Australian para Table Tennis players in the Oceania region was reinforced over the past few days, with Australian athletes winning half of all the medals. Stars for the Australian team included Paralympians Melissa Tapper and Barak Mizrachi, along with new faces Junjian Chen and Nathan Pelissier.

 

But the championships was not all about Australia, Fiji was the only other nation to win gold thanks to Merewalesi Roden in the Women's Wheelchair class. The host nation had a successful championships winning 7 medals and beating New Zealand into second place in the medals table. Along with New Zealand, 3 other countries won medals at the Championships, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Papua New Guinea (all competing in their first ever Oceania championships).

 

The standard of competition at the championships was a huge step forwards from the last 2 editions, which saw athletes from nine nations compete (those mentioned above plus New Caledonia, Tonga and Vanuatu). Building from these championships more nations and atheltes are expected to compete in 2019 at the Pacific Games and Oceania Championships and it seems likely that more Oceanian nations will compete in Table Tennis at the 2020 Paralympics.

 

 

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6th Italian title in a row for Bebe Vio at only 20 years old :bowdown:

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