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Kelly Gallagher misses medal by just 0.1 seconds in first event at World Para Alpine Skiing Championship

Smiles ahead: Kelly Gallagher and her guide Gary Smith couldn't have come closer to a medal in their opening event at the World Championships.
Smiles ahead: Kelly Gallagher and her guide Gary Smith couldn't have come closer to a medal in their opening event at the World Championships.

By Gareth Hanna

Kelly Gallagher will be hoping for an upturn in fortunes at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships.

The 2014 Paralympic Games gold medalist has begun the championships by missing out on a medal in the Giant Slalom by just 0.1 seconds.

The Bangor athlete was pipped to the bronze by Great Britain team-mate Menna Fitzpatrick, while Australian Melissa Perrine came in second and Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova streaked clear to win by over eight seconds at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia.

Gallagher will resume her hopes for medals when she races in the Slalom on Thursday (January 24). The 33-year-old will then compete in the Downhill race next Tuesday (January 29) before the event which she won Paralympic gold, the Super-G, takes place on Friday, February 1.

Gallagher, along with guide Gary Smith, is hoping to add to her tally of six World Championships medals after picking up a bronze and a silver in 2011 and doubling that total in 2013.

Gallagher's hopes of competing in the 2017 competition were ended when she crashed during training, suffering a dislocated elbow and three fractured ribs and being airlifted to hospital.

The World Championships, along with the Paralympics, are the highest level of Paralympic alipine skiing.

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