Adam Hall out of medals at Winter Paralympics

Last updated 06:30 14/03/2014
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DISAPPOINTMENT: Defending slalom champion Adam Hall has finished out of the medals at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.

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Defending Winter Paralympic slalom champion Adam Hall has finished seventh in Sochi after being seriously affected by a stomach complaint.

New Zealand chef de mission Ashley Light said Hall has been struggling with illness since Thursday morning.

"Adam is obviously hugely disappointed but we are seeking medical advice, both from Russia and New Zealand, and hope that he will be able to make a swift recovery in time for the Super-G tomorrow (Sochi time)," Light said.

Hall, one of the three-man New Zealand team's best chances of a medal after winning gold in Vancouver four years ago, was ranked seventh after his first run, 3.02sec behind 16-year-old Russian Alexey Bugaev, who had already won silver in the downhill and bronze in the Super G.

Hall's second run briefly lifted him to second overall, before he was overtaken by the top competitors.

Bugaev, who also leads at the midway point of the Super Combi competition which resumes tonight, went onto claim gold from France's Vincent Gauthier-Manuel by 1.27sec, with Russian Alexander Alyabyev winning bronze.

New Zealand's Corey Peters had plenty of work to do in the second run of the men's sitting category after his first run placed him 16th overall.

Unfortunately, he was one of several competitors who were unable to complete the run, with the gold medal going to Japan's Takeshi Suzuki.

The third member of the New Zealand team, Carl Murphy, is in action tonight as snowboard cross makes its debut at the Paralympics.

Hall and Peters will be back in the early hours of Saturday morning to complete the Super Combi event, which had to be rescheduled due to fog and rain earlier in the week.

Peters will complete New Zealand's 2014 campaign in Sochi when he competes in his favoured giant slalom event on Saturday.

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