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Austria regains medal leadboard after fourth competition day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships

Philipp Bonadimann of Austria at the end of his first run in the Super Combined event Image: Laura Hale.

Yesterday, following the Super Combined event at the 2013 IPC Alpine World ChampionshipsAustria took the lead again in the medal count having earned six total gold medals across four days of competition.France is tied with Austria in the overall medal count.

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Austria’s medal tally yesterday included a gold by LW11 classified Claudia Loesch in the women’s sitting event, a gold by LW4 classified Matthias Lanzinger in the men’s standing event, and a bronze by LW11 classified Philipp Bonadimann in the men’s sitting event.

Following her gold medal winning, Loesch told the media she was super happy she won, and she had a really good slalom run. She went on to say she usually finishes in second and this was a surprise for her.

France’s medal count increased with a gold by LW6/8-2 Marie Bochet in the women’s standing, and a bronze by LW4 classified Cedric Amafroi-Broisat in the men’s standing.

Spain‘s vision impaired skier Jon Santacana, who won Spain’s only two medals in the competition, failed to finish his second run in the Super Combined. Following the race, he was visibly upset. He had finished the first run in first place by a tenth of a second ahead of eventual gold medalist Chris Williamson and guide Robin Femy of Canada. Williamson hugged silver medalist Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia, and Santacana when Santacana and guide Miguel Galindo Garcés returned to the finishing area after Santacana’s fall. Spain’s other entrant in the men’s visually impaired Super Combined event, Gabriel Gorce and guide Arnau Ferrer, finished three thousandths of a second out of medal contention with a combined run time of 1:47.93. The bronze medalist, Ivan Frantseva and guide German Agranovskii‎ of Russia, had a combined run time of 1:47.90.

At the finish of each competitor’s second run, most are requested to go to doping control to insure they are not taking any banned substance. The 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships are scheduled to continue today.

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Flag of Austria.png AUT 6 1 3 10
2 Flag of France.png FRA 5 2 3 10
3 Flag of Russia.png RUS 3 3 3 9
4 Flag of Germany.svg GER 2 5 2 9
5 Flag of Slovakia.png SVK 2 2 1 5
5 Flag of Japan (geometric).png JPN 2 2 1 5
7 Flag of Spain.svg ESP 2 0 0 2
8 Flag of Canada.png CAN 1 3 5 9
9 Flag of the United States.png USA 1 1 1 3
10 Flag of Switzerland.svg SUI 0 2 2 4
10 Flag of Great Britain with border.png GBR 0 2 2 4
12 Flag of Italy.png ITA 0 1 0 1
13 Flag of New Zealand.png NZL 0 0 1 1 

All text created after September 25, 2005 available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5License, unless otherwise specified.   Originally published on English Wikinews

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2521 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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