Kiwi boarder just outside the medals

09:09, Mar 14 2014
Carl Murphy
FOURTH: Carl Murphy just missed a medal at Sochi.

New Zealand's Carl Murphy has finished just outside the medals in the Winter Paralympics snowboard cross.

Murphy was considered a medal contender in the event, which was making its Paralympic debut in Sochi, despite a serious leg injury suffered just before Christmas which put him on the sidelines for two months.

The Hawea snowboarder put together two consistently fast runs to start his campaign, but needing to pull out a big performance to get onto the podium he crashed out in the third run, with the two best runs counting.

Murphy's fourth-placed finish was New Zealand's best result so far in Sochi, with time running out to achieve the goal of winning two medals.

United States boarder Evan Strong claimed the gold medal after his nearest competitor, compatriot Michael Shea crashed out in his final run.

Meanwhile, a stomach bug cost Adam Hall the opportunity to defend his Winter Paralympic slalom title this morning.


Hall, who had been feeling ill since the day before his specialist standing slalom competition, was able to complete both his runs in difficult conditions at the Rosa Khutor alpine centre but finished seventh, with 16-year-old Russian Alexey Bugaev claiming gold.

Chef de mission Ashley Light said it was hugely disappointing for years of work to be affected by passing illness.

''He wasn't well all day, it was a bit of a tummy complaint and unfortunately it didn't get better. It had a big effect on his ability to put his best run down,'' he said.

''When you are at the Paralympics, it only happens every four years, you want to be on top of your game because the competition is fierce. For Adam to be on top he had to be absolutely 100 per cent and unfortunately that wasn't the case.''

Light said medical advice had been sought and it was hoped Hall would be well enough to compete in the giant slalom leg of the Super Combi, his last event at the Paralympics, overnight.

Corey Peters' first run in the sitting slalom category had him in 16th place and he was unable to complete his second run, with the gold medal going to Japan's Takeshi Suzuki.

Light said the conditions on the slalom course could not be underestimated.

''Incredibly challenging conditions, I've been involved in Paralympics for a long time and they were the hardest conditions I've seen. Corey broke a ski in his first run, the ruts were like bath tubs, very difficult conditions.''

Peters was also scheduled to compete in the second leg of the Super Combi early tomorrow after it was postponed to due to fog and rain on Tuesday night.

He will also contest his favoured giant slalom event tomorrow night.

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