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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, March 14 (R-Sport) – Germany's Anna Schaffelhuber won her fourth gold medal at the Sochi Paralympics Friday, claiming the top spot in a sitting super combined competition that saw only two finishers.
The 21-year-old, who had already swept the golds in the downhill, super G and slalom events, managed to extend her lead in the first component of the super combined, winning by 5.66 seconds.
"Today, we can celebrate a little bit more than at the slalom," said Schaffelhuber who was at first disqualified in the slalom event but eventually took the gold. "We were not able to celebrate the slalom medal. It didn't have a good aftertaste. So we agreed to win a medal today, also."
Her compatriot Anna-Lena Forster, who lost the slalom gold when Schaffelhuber had her disqualification overturned Thursday, grabbed her second silver in the race.
"I didn’t expect to win a second medal," Forster said. "It was strange to know that you have only to finish the run, but we can nothing do about that. We are very happy."
Two other athletes who made it through the slalom stage, Austria's Claudia Loesch and Britain's Anna Turney, failed to finish on Friday, leaving the event without a bronze medalist.
On Sunday, Schaffelhuber has the opportunity to complete a full set of Paralympic gold medals when she competes in her final event, the giant slalom.
"I’m not concentrating on winning gold at giant slalom. I can’t influence that. I can only influence my own performance," she said.
Earlier in the day, Russian skier Alexandra Frantseva won her second gold at Sochi, edging out Britain’s Jade Etherington in a three-athlete super combined event for visually impaired athletes, before Marie Bochet of France took her third gold in the standing event.
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