Jen Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick
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Skier & Forces Guide Take Third Medal At Winter Paralympics

Menna Fitzpatrick and her Army guide Jennifer Kehoe have brought the ParalympicsGB medal haul to five after taking silver in the women's VI...

Jen Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick

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Menna Fitzpatrick and her Army guide Jennifer Kehoe have brought the ParalympicsGB medal tally to five after taking silver in the women's VI giant slalom.

The duo took to the slopes of the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in Pyongchang on Wednesday, fresh from adding super combined silver to the super-G bronze they won earlier in the week.

The pair clocked an impressive 1:14.45 in their first run, taking second place behind the imperious Henrieta Farkasova and guide Natalia Subrtova.

But it was their second run that delighted Fitzpatrick most as they shaved 0.56 seconds off their time to cross in 1:13.89 and secure silver. Fitzpatrick said:

"It felt absolutely amazing, you can really feel the acceleration from your skis and your bodies driving you forward, Jen was just going for it and the feeling was so good."

"It just doesn't sink in. When we get to celebrate we'll have a chance to realise what we've done. Our families have done all the celebrating for us so far."

Kelly Gallagher and the RAF's Gary Smith produced their best skiing of the Games, meanwhile, to clock a combined time of 2:32.79 and take fifth.

"We progressed from the first run to the second. It was a lot better and we had nothing to lose so we sent it a little bit more", said Gallagher.

"It was fun. I think there is more in us but I definitely set out with the intentions to work really hard, which I did, and overall it went quite well."

"We've got so many events in such a small space of time. I do wish that I'd been quicker so we could get closer to, if not in, the medals - but it was okay."

Double PyeongChang silver medallists Millie Knight and her Royal Navy guide Brett Wild finished in seventh. Brett said: 

"We came into this with no medal expectations and we got the two silver medals. Our expectations kind of changed and maybe we got a little bit caught up in the moment but we've been brought back down to earth in these last few days."

You can take a look at Fitzpatrick and Kehoe's medal-winning form below...

And the forces Paralympics triumph didn't stop there.

Although it's been less than a week since Scott Meenagh made his Paralympic debut at PyeongChang, the former paratrooper already seems like a mainstay after completing his fourth race in five days at the Alpensia Biathlon Centre.

With soft snow and temperatures rising in Pyeongchang he was faced with another testing race as he lined up for the men's cross-country skiing 1.1km sprint.

It proved to be yet more evidence that Meenagh is right at home at this level as he clocked 3:17.72 to finish 16th in the qualification runs - four places away from a semi-final spot.

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