Sunday, September 25, 2022

Winter Games: Su wins gold; Boe gets 4th gold

Johannes Thingnes Boe

China’s Su Yiming claimed a second snowboard medal at the Winter Olympics as the teenager won a stunning gold in the men’s big air event in Beijing.
Slopestyle silver medallist Su, 17, scored 182.50 to beat Norway’s Mons Roisland and Canada’s Max Parrot.
Parrot beat Su to slopestyle gold last week but there was controversy over the judging of one of the Canadian’s runs.
China also won silver in the women’s freestyle skiing slopestyle, as Eileen Gu added her second medal of the Games. The 18-year-old, known as the host nation’s ‘Snow Princess’, followed up her big air triumph as she finished behind Switzerland’s 2018 silver medallist Mathilde Gremaud.
Big air bronze medallist Gremaud was the 12th and final qualifier but clinched the title by 0.33 points from Gu, with Estonia’s Kelly Sildaru taking the bronze.
Great Britain’s Kirsty Muir and Katie Summerhayes placed eighth and ninth respectively.
“I go into every contest aiming to win but never expecting to, so every time I compete, I’m here to win and I’m here to do my best. But more than anything I’m here to have fun,” said Gu, who will also contest the halfpipe from Thursday.
Gremaud’s success was the first of two golds for Switzerland on day 11 in Beijing, as alpine skier Corinne Suter produced a blistering run to win the women’s downhill.
World downhill champion Suter denied Italy a one-two on the final podium as she completed the course in one minute 31.87 seconds – 16 seconds faster than defending Olympic champion Sofia Goggia.
It was a remarkable achievement for Goggia given she suffered a serious knee injury in a crash at a World Cup race on 23 January, which left her with a partial cruciate ligament injury and a small fracture of the fibula. At one point Italy were on for a clean sweep of the medals, but Nadia Delgado finished with the bronze and compatriot Elena Curtoni was pushed down to fifth by Germany’s Kira Weidle.
Elsewhere, Austria snowboarder Anna Gasser successfully defended her big air title in the women’s event. The 30-year-old trailed New Zealand’s slopestyle champion Zoi Sadowski-Synnott by 0.25 going into the third and final run. However, competing at her third Games, Gasser delivered a stunning final jump to score 95.50 and take her combined total to 185.50 at Shougang Park.
Sadowski-Synnott, 20, could not respond with her final attempt and had to settle for the silver – 8.5 points behind – with Japan’s 17-year-old Kokomo Murase in bronze.
Boe goes gold again
In the men’s biathlon 4×7.5km relay, Johannes Thingnes Boe won his third gold – and fourth medal – of the 2022 Games as reigning world champions Norway rallied from sixth position after two legs to improve on their 2018 silver.
Boe, who has also won gold in the mixed relay and sprint in Beijing, came in third on the penultimate leg before Vetle Sjaastad Christiansen capitalised on a disastrous final leg for leaders the Russian Olympic Committee. The ROC ended up in bronze position, as France finished second, 27.4 seconds behind Norway’s winning time of one hour 19 minutes 50.2 seconds.
That silver for France saw Quentin Fillon Maillet win his fifth medal in Beijing – becoming the first biathlete to win five medals in a single Games and the first male winter athlete to win five medals at a single Olympics for 42 years.
There was another gold for Norway in speed skating’s men’s team pursuit – with Canada winning the women’s competition.
Hallgeir Engebraaten, Peder Kongshaug and Sverre Lunde Pedersen retained Norway’s title, beating Olympic record holders ROC by 2.38 seconds in the A final, while the United States took bronze against the Netherlands.
Canada’s women’s team of Ivanie Blondin, Valerie Maltais, and Isabelle Weidemann posted a new Olympic record time to win in two minutes 53.44 seconds.
Opposition Japan – the world and Olympic record holders – suffered a fall when leading in the closing stages. The Netherlands completed the podium.