Sochi Paralympics: Jade Etherington wins slalom silver

Jade Etherington of Great Britain

British skier Jade Etherington has won her third medal of the Winter Paralympics with silver in the visually impaired slalom.

The 23-year-old and guide Caroline Powell led Aleksandra Frantceva by 0.55 seconds after the first run, but the Russian produced a stunning second run to win gold by 0.65 seconds.

Etherington adds slalom silver to her downhill silver and super-G bronze.

British super-G champion Kelly Gallagher fell during her first run.

"It's a shame we didn't complete the set," Etherington told BBC Sport. "It's really annoying not to get the gold, but I'm really happy with the run.

"I think we skied well but Frantceva just nailed it and we're really happy for her."

Frantceva, 26, who won bronze in the downhill and silver in the super-G, completed her two runs in a combined time of two minutes 1.24 seconds, with Etherington second in 2:01.89 and Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova taking bronze in 2:02.94.

Super-G champion Gallagher, guided by Clarlotte Evans, was fancied to compete for a medal before her fall in the first run.

The 28-year-old from Bangor in County Down also crashed during the slalom element of the super combined slalom on Tuesday.

"We're really disappointed," Gallagher told BBC Sport.

"I love slalom and it felt really good in the start gate. I was really excited to be racing with Charlotte and we were working really well, but we need to pick ourselves up and re-focus for the giant slalom on Sunday."

Millie Knight, Team GB's flag bearer and the youngest member of the team, completed both runs and finished fifth.

"It was so amazing," the 15-year-old told BBC Sport. "Yesterday I was so nervous and I was a little nervous this morning, but I inspected the course and was excited to race."

Warwick sit-skier Anna Turney finished fifth in her slalom event, which was won by Germany's Anna-Lena Forster.

Elsewhere, Britain suffered a 11-2 defeat by Russia in the wheelchair curling. Skip Aileen Neilson's team have won four and lost three of their round-robin matches. They play United States and China on Thursday.

Russian skier Roman Petushkov won his fourth gold of Sochi 2014 with victory in the men's sitting 1km sprint. Norway's Mariann Marthinsen edged out USA's Tatyana McFadden in the women's event.

Roman Petushkov of Russia celebrates winning gold in men's cross country 1km sprint
Petushkov of Russia celebrates winning gold - his fourth in Sochi - in the cross country 1km sprint