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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, March 12 (R-Sport) – Russian skier Alexandra Frantseva produced a quick second run to snatch slalom gold from Britain’s Jade Etherington at the Sochi Paralympics on Wednesday.
Frantseva, 26, won the visually impaired category in a time of 2 minutes 1.24 seconds after overtaking Etherington on the second run, posting a winning margin of 0.65 seconds.
Frantseva, from Russia's Far East, had trailed Etherington by 0.55 seconds after the first run at Rosa Khutor, but her second attempt of 59.82 seconds was a full 1.20 seconds faster than the Briton’s.
For the Russian and her guide Pavel Zabotin, it was third time lucky after they won bronze in Saturday’s downhill and silver in Monday’s super giant slalom. Etherington collects her third medal of the Games to go with downhill silver and super-G bronze.
The bronze medal in the slalom went to Slovakian skier Henrieta Farkasova, who finished 1.70 seconds behind Frantseva.
There was disappointment for Britain’s Kelly Gallagher, who won her country’s first Winter Paralympic gold in the super G two days earlier. She failed to finish on the first run.
Women’s standing and sitting slalom races follow later in the day at Rosa Khutor.
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