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Kelly Gallagher wins three medals in two days at World Championships

 

In form: Kelly Gallagher
In form: Kelly Gallagher
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

County Down para-skier Kelly Gallagher has won three medals in the last two days of the 2019 Para Alpine World Championships at Sella Nevea, Italy.

The 33-year-old, assisted by her guide Gary Smith, had endured a frustrating start to the tournament, finishing fourth in both the slalom and giant slalom, in which she missed a medal by an agonising 0.1 seconds.

However, fortunes turned on Wednesday when Gallagher raced her way to a silver in the downhill race, behind British team-mate Menna Fitzpatrick. That was followed by bronze in the Super-G, again beaten by gold medal winner Fitzpatrick.

As if that wasn't enough, Gallagher went on to secure another bronze, this time in the super combined, to round off the 2019 World Championships.

The results take Bangor woman Gallagher's total to nine career medals at the Worlds, after picking up a bronze and a silver in 2011 and doubling those totals in 2013.

She became Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold medallist when she won gold in the Super-G in Sochi back in 2014.

GB team-mate Fitzpatrick has now won five medals in this year's World Championships alone, adding a super combined silver to her runners-up spot in the slalom and bronze in the giant slalom.

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