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Fitzpatrick makes it a hat-trick as Knight wins first World Cup medal of season

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on 21-12-2017 15:13

Menna Fitzpatrick and Jennifer Kehoe made it a hat-trick of World Cup medals in as many days as they skied to visually impaired slalom silver in Kuhtai, Austria.

The Brits led a 2-3-4 in the standings, with Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild picking up their first World Cup medal of the season as they took bronze.

And Kelly Gallagher, with her guide Gary Smith, completed the trio in fourth place, while Australia’s Melissa Perrine and Christian Geiger took the gold.

On the third day of competition in Kuhtai – the first World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup of the season after the event in St Moritz was cancelled last week – it was Gallagher that was placed second after the first run.

Knight was in third and Fitzpatrick fourth, but it all changed in the second run, with Fitzpatrick eventually finishing just 6.23s behind Perrine, with Knight a further 5.2s back in third.

Fitzpatrick and Kehoe had already picked up a silver and bronze on the Kuhtai slopes this week, while for Knight – who sustained a serious concussion last season – the podium feeling was one to savour.

“It has taken a while to rebuild my confidence after the two major crashes last season” Millie Knight

“We are taking these races as training and trying to regain our form from last season and winning bronze is a great boost.”

Knight picked up four medals at last season’s World Championships – including downhill gold – but following her concussion, guide Wild is keen to progress steadily this year with the Paralympic Games on the horizon in February.

“We are absolutely delighted with winning a bronze medal today,” he said. “It made more special standing next to our British team mates on the podium.

“Millie and I didn’t feel ready for these races and still have a way to go before we reach our peak, hopefully at the Paralympic games.”

The day’s other events in Austria saw James Whitley finish 17th in the standing 1 slalom, with compatriot Jack-Daniel Peters coming home 23rd in the same event.

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