June 26, 2022

Canada’s Brian McKeever raced into the historical past books and grabbed his sixteenth Paralympic gold medal in cross-country snowboarding on the Beijing Winter Video games Saturday.

McKeever received the center distance race, and in doing so equalled the gold-medal haul of German former para alpine skier Gerd Schonfelder — essentially the most embellished males’s Paralympian.

Norwegian cross-country skier Ragnhild Myklebust holds the file as essentially the most profitable Winter Paralympian general — 22 golds and 27 complete medals over 5 video games from 1988 to 2002.

McKeever had already bagged two titles within the visually impaired dash and long-distance occasions this week at Zhangjiakou.

The 42-year-old made his Paralympic debut at Salt Lake Metropolis in 2002 and Beijing shall be his final Video games.

He performed down the fuss over reaching Schonfelder’s file.

Canada’s Brian Mckeever (proper) has received his sixteenth Paralympic gold medal Picture: AFP / Mohd RASFAN

“To be completely sincere, it doesn’t suggest a rattling factor,” McKeever stated, laughing.

“If the information occur to come back, nice. However that was by no means the main target.”

He stated he loves having adventures along with his guides and is happy with with the ability to reveal the extent that Paralympic athletes can attain.

“The laborious work is finished within the offseason, we get pleasure from it. We adore it. We love getting misplaced within the mountains and generally dragging our butts house after 10 hours,” McKeever stated.

McKeever has an opportunity to win a seventeenth medal within the relay occasion Sunday.

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Sweden’s Zebastian Modin, 27, positioned second and Ukraine’s Dmytro Suiarko received bronze.

Veronika Aigner (right) achieved a second Paralympic title in two days guided by her sister Elisabeth (left) Veronika Aigner (proper) achieved a second Paralympic title in two days guided by her sister Elisabeth (left) Picture: AFP / WANG Zhao

Modin hailed McKeever’s achievement.

“He has meant a lot for this sport,” he informed AFP.

“He has been working on the entrance for 20 years and proven what para-athletes can do, and how briskly para-athletes can ski.”

Modin stated it was his greatest race this season and he was trying ahead to going house to relaxation.

“We’ve to relax a bit,” Modin stated.

Ukraine’s group on Saturday surpassed its earlier best-ever Paralympic end result — 25 medals together with seven gold on the 2006 Turin Video games.

Oleksandra Kononova won gold in the women's middle distance standing cross-country race Oleksandra Kononova received gold within the ladies’s center distance standing cross-country race Picture: AFP / Lillian SUWANRUMPHA

The group — reeling from the trauma of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — has managed 28 podium finishes in Beijing, with additional medals up for grabs on Sunday within the relay occasions.

Oleksandra Kononova, 31, received gold within the ladies’s center distance standing cross-country race, sharing the rostrum with teammate Iryna Bui, 26, who got here in third behind Canada’s Natalie Wilkie, 21.

“I felt actually happy with myself, about my nation who raised me and gave me all the things to carry out right here at such a excessive degree. I considered my household,” Kononova stated.

In Yanqing, there have been three Austrian sisters on the rostrum within the ladies’s visually impaired slalom alpine snowboarding occasion.

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Veronika Aigner, 19, achieved a second Paralympic title in two days guided by her sister Elisabeth, 23.

Youthful sister Barbara, 16, claimed silver.

Their brother Johannes, 16, has additionally received 4 medals on the Video games — together with two gold. The three siblings have the identical congenital cataract situation as their mom.

China’s wheelchair curling group, the defending champions, retained gold in an 8-3 match in opposition to Sweden on Saturday afternoon.

The group had a disappointing begin to their competitors, blaming dropping their first couple of matches on nerves and stress to carry out in entrance of a house crowd.

However they bounced again and have been in a position to deny Canada a spot within the gold medal match at Friday’s semi-final.

Head coach Yue Qingshuang has taken to singing people songs to her group earlier than they play.

“I needed the group to have the ability to calm down and create some form of ambiance earlier than the sport, and assist them carry out their greatest,” she stated.

On Friday evening, Canada beat Slovakia 8-3 within the bronze medal match.

The Canadians have not missed out on a medal for the reason that 2006 Turin Video games, and at PyeongChang in addition they claimed bronze.

“Simply to be bringing house some {hardware}, it is so particular,” skip Mark Ideson stated.

“The center’s simply pounding… simply breathless,” teammate Ina Forrest stated.

In para ice hockey, China will play South Korea within the bronze medal match on Saturday evening, and on Sunday Canada will sq. off in opposition to the US for gold.

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