Liang Zilu of China competes in the Para Alpine skiing men's giant slalom sitting of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
Liang Zilu won a bronze in men's giant slalom sitting to consolidate China's leading position on the medal tally at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.
BEIJING, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Liang Zilu of China claimed the bronze in the men's giant slalom sitting for his first medal after four races at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games here on Thursday.
It was the 32nd medal for China, who continues to lead the table with 10 gold, nine silver and 13 bronze medals.
At the National Alpine Skiing Center, Liang, 17, surprised the crowd the most on the last day of the men's giant slalom, as the youngest member of the Chinese Alpine team.
Taking up the sport in November 2016 in Harbin, Northeast China, Liang had his years of effort paid off in his Paralympic debut.
He finished the two runs in two minutes and 0.92 seconds, 6.72 seconds behind gold medalist Jesper Pedersen of Norway.
"It's about not thinking too much. I only focused on every single movement and how I was supposed to pass the next gate. Thinking too much puts more burden on me and makes me feel hampered," Liang explained later.
Bronze medalist Liang Zilu of China attends the awarding ceremony for the Para Alpine skiing men's giant slalom sitting of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, on March 10, 2022. (Xinhua/Jiang Han)
In other men's giant slalom races, Johannes Aigner of Austria won the vision impaired category for his fourth medal at Beijing 2022 and Santeri Kiiveri of Finland took the standing gold, after his silver in super combined.
In the wheelchair curling, defending champion China qualified for the semifinals by beating Britain 6-3 in the morning and Latvia 9-2 in the evening, concluding its round robin quest with an eight-game winning streak.
In Friday's semifinals, China will play Canada while Slovakia battles with Sweden. ■