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  •   Home > News > Sports > Skiing

    Snowboard bronze for NZ Paralympian Murphy

    Kiwi para-snowboarder Carl Murphy snares bronze at a World Cup event in an encouraging result ahead of the Winter Paralympics.

    New Zealand's Carl Murphy has warmed up for the Winter Paralympics with a bronze medal-winning performance in Canada.

    Wanaka para-snowboarder Murphy showed the benefits of three weeks' training with the performance, which fell exactly a month out from Paralympics in PyeongChang.

    Competing in a world class snowboard-cross field, Murphy beat American Evan Strong in the quarter-finals and lost to Canadian Alex Massie in the semi-finals before winning his bronze medal race against American Keith Gabel.

    It was just Murphy's third international snowboard-cross event since suffering a significant injury in 2016.

    "We were aiming for a top six finish, so third is a solid result," he said.

    "I'm looking forward to continuing to build on today's performance and progressing towards that gold medal in PyeongChang. However, I am under no illusion that the competition is going to be fierce."


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