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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, March 14 (R-Sport) – Russian skier Alexandra Frantseva won her second gold medal of the Sochi Paralympics on Friday, edging out Britain’s Jade Etherington in a three-athlete super combined event.
Frantseva, 26, and her guide Pavel Zabotin won by 0.63 seconds after the super combined, in which athletes’ times from a super G run and a slalom run are added together.
It is the fourth medal of the Games for both athletes, and the third silver for the 23-year-old Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell, for whom first place remains elusive.
Frantseva went into the final super G with a 2.49-second advantage but lost time with a careful approach, almost allowing Etherington to snatch gold.
The bronze went to American Danielle Umstead, 42, who was seven seconds off the pace at Rosa Khutor.
The super combined was delayed from Tuesday, when fog forced the super G element to be postponed and only the slalom was run.
Just three athletes competed the slalom in the women’s visually impaired category, meaning that all Frantseva, Etherington and Umstead had to do was finish the super G to claim a medal.
Five more super combined events follow later in the day.
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