Winter Paralympics: Simon Patmore wins gold for Australia in snowboard cross


March 12, 2018 19:42:33

Para-snowboarder Simon Patmore has won Australia’s first Winter Paralympics gold medal in 16 years, taking out the men’s snowboard cross SB-UL big final at Pyeongchang.

Patmore, who won a bronze medal in the 200 metre T46 event at the London summer Paralympics in 2012, beat Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle to clinch the gold — Australia’s first Winter Paralympic title since the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City.

He becomes the fifth Australian athlete — after Michael Milton (six gold medals), Bart Bunting and his guide Nathan Chilvers (two), Michael Norton (two) and James Patterson (one) — to win a Winter Paralympic title.

Patmore is also the first Australian para-snowboarder to win a medal at a Winter Games.

The 30-year-old Queenslander was born with Erb’s palsy, causing nerve damage in his left arm.

Patmore’s teammate Sean Pollard made it to the 1/8 final before losing to Italy’s Jacopo Luchini.

More to come.








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March 12, 2018 19:29:02

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