As the para winter sport season wraps up and moves to Asia the final two meets of the season are putting down various world cup titles to the wire. On Monday the Para Alpine World Cup moved to Super G events in Hakuba, Japan.
The star for the home fans was Japan’s Momoka Muraoka who has kept her World Cup chances alive in the women’s sitting. She was able to finish on top in the second super-G race to win the race just edging German Anna Schaffelhuber by 0.24 seconds with another German Anna-Lena Forster. Schaffelhuber won the first race earlier in the day but Muraoka turned it around for the win. That puts the gap between Schaffelhuber and Muraoka is just 40 points, with Austrian Claudia Loesch level with Muraoka setting up an impressive finish for the women’s sitting season.
Japan managed another big result in the men’s sitting with Taiki Morii claiming the Super G to earn 100 points and place himself just 15 points behind the world cup leader Swiss skier Christoph Kunz, who didn’t manage a podium finish in Hakuba. That puts the event in PeyongChang as a real final, with several hundred points on offer to wrap everything up for one athlete.
In the women’s standing German Andrea Rothfuss continued her strong form and her march to the title as she won both races. Only one athlete can still catch her, Stephanie Jallen, who managed to finish on the podium in both races to remain in touch.
There were also two wins for Austrian Markus Salcher who has all but sealed the world cup title as he sits 180 points clear at the top of the ranking for the men’s standing. That would require Salcher to finish outside the top ten in both of the remaining races in PeyongChang to fail to claim the trophy.
Slovakia managed a double gold in the visually impaired classification events with Henrieta Farkasova (guide: Natalia Subrtova) continuing her return to the top of the sport as she claimed the win. For the men it was Miroslav Haraus (guide: Maros Hudik) who claimed gold and with it took the lead in the world championship which will lead to a thrilling finish in the men’s visually impaired world cup race.