Alexandr Gerlits KAZ (LW6) competes in the Men’s Middle Distance Standing Para Biathlon at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre. Tuesday 08 March 2022. Photo_ OIS_Simon Bruty. Handout image supplied by OIS_IOC

Day 4 Summary: Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games

 Kazakhstan get their first medal, China stay on top

Only Para Biathlon medals were contested on day four of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. China’s Mengtao LIU took Gold in the Men’s Middle Distance Sitting event, to add to his Bronze medal won in the Sprint events early in the Games. In the Men’s Standing event, Kazakhstan’s Alexandr GERLITS won their first medal of the Games, taking Bronze.

In the women’s events, China’s Yue WANG secured the only medal for the Asian nations, winning Bronze in the Vision Impaired event.

The Para Ice Hockey got underway again after a day of rest. Korea faced Canada with the winner guaranteed a Semi-final spot. The Canadians proved too strong for Korea however and won 6-0. This means that Korea finish third in group A and will meet the team who have finished group B Italy on Wednesday to in the Qualifying Final play for a Semi-final place.

In Group B, China met Italy. They took a commanding 4-0 lead after the first period, then extended this to 6-0 in the second period which is how the score remained at the end of the match. This result means that China finish top of their group and will now play the Czech Republic in tomorrow’s Qualifying Final.  

In the Wheelchair Curling,  Korea had two back-to-back games. They overcame Canada in the first 9-4 but unfortunately were not able to keep up this form in their second game, where they lost to Slovakia 7-2. China faced the USA and in a very dominant display ended up 10-2 winners. China now lie in second place in the Standings with four more games to play. The top four go through to the Semi-finals.

At the end of day 4, China still lead the overall medal table, with Japan in fourth place.

Tomorrow will see medals in Para Cross-Country Skiing where athletes from I.R. Iran will also be hoping to get through qualification and into the finals. Para Ice Hockey will see the qualifying finals with both China and Korea in action and hoping to secure a Semi-final place.

Both teams line up at the end of the Para Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A - Republic of Korea vs Canada at the National Indoor Stadium., Tuesday 08 March 2022. Photo_ OIS_Joel Marklund. Handout image supplied by OIS_IOC
Si Woo Choi KOR and Tyler Mcgregor CAN collide during the Para Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A - Republic of Korea vs Canada at the National Indoor Stadium. Tuesday 08 March 2022. Photo_ OIS_Joe Toth. Handout image supplied by OIS_IOC
Mengtao Liu CHN (LW12) at the finish of the Men’s Middle Distance Sitting Para Biathlon at the Zhangjiakou National Biathlon Centre. Tuesday 08 March 2022. Photo_ OIS_Thomas Lovelock. Handout image supplied by OIS_IOC

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