Para sport review: February 201828.02.2018
Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboard and powerlifting World Cup winners crowned
World Para Alpine Skiing World Cups
Finals took place in Kimberley, Canada, with the World Cup champions being decided and the hosts celebrating four wins from Mac Marcoux and guide Jack Leitch to secure the crystal globe. Another stand out performances were delivered by Austria’s Markus Salcher in the men’s standing and Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber in the women’s sitting.
World Para Nordic Skiing World Cups
Both biathlon and cross-country World Cup champions were crowned in Vuokatti, Finland, with NPA athletes winning across all categories. Ukrainian athletes dominated the biathlon competition in Vuokatti, but missing the first World Cup in Canmore, Canada, meant missing an opportunity for the overall titles. Sweden’s Zebastian Modin, guided by Johannes Anderson, and Austria’s Carina Edlinger, guided by her brother Julian, retained the cross-country World Cup titles in the men’s and women’s vision impaired categories.
World Para Powerlifting World Cup
Folashade Oluwafeniayo joined Rasool Mohsin and Paul Kehinde in making history at the 9th Fazza World Cup, as they set three world records in their respective categories. The sport’s first major event of the season closed in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on 22 February.
Switzerland’s Manuela Schaer clinched her fifth major marathon win in the space of a year with victory at the Tokyo Marathon on 25 February.
BNP Paribas World Team Cup Qualification
Argentina, Kenya and South Korea women’s teams achieved qualification for the Finals in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, through their respective continental qualifications. USA, Morocco and Japan men’s teams also emerged triumphant and will be competing in Apeldoorn from 28 May-3 June.
ABN AMRO World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez regained the crown in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after three years after following a 7-6 (5), 7-6(4) victory over Great Britain’s world No.1 Alfie Hewett.
Para Ice Hockey Border Series
USA and Canada met for the last time before PyeongChang 2018, in Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada, with victory for the hosts 3-0.