Tompkins sixth in worlds Super-G

Posted: Tuesday, February 03, 2004

Joe Tompkins of Juneau took sixth place and was the top American in his division during Sunday's Super-G race at the International Paralympic Committee Alpine Ski Championships in Wildschnau, Austria.

Tompkins, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 1988 auto accident, posted an adjusted time of 1 minute, 28.59 seconds while competing in the LW-11 division for monoskiers. Tompkins, who took fourth place in Saturday's World Championship downhill race, was the only American in his division.

Andreas Schiestl of Austria won the division's race with a time of 1:24.40. Austria's Harald Eder, who won Saturday's downhill race, took second place in 1:25.32, followed by Italy's Fabrizio Zardini in 1:26.76 for third place.

For the World Championship races, the skiers are broken down into their respective divisions based on how much mobility and balance they have, and a handicapping system equalizes the times. There are three monoskier divisions - LW-10, LW-11 and LW-12 - and in Disabled World Cup races they compete together.

In Sunday's LW-10 race, Sweden's Ronny Persson - who trains in the United States - won his second gold medal with a time of 1:26.27. Germany's Martin Braxenthaler took second place in 1:26.51 and Japan's Jun-ichi Hasegawa was third in 1:29.79.

In the LW-12 division, Switzerland's Hans Jrg Arnold won in 1:27.08, followed by Canada's Scott Patterson in 1:30.41 and Norway's Harald Guldal in 1:30.88.

The World Championships had a rest day Monday, and continue with a men's giant slalom race today and women's giant slalom race on Wednesday. The event concludes with a men's slalom on Thursday and a women's slalom on Friday.

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