Sitting skier Momoka Muraoka raced to Japan's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Wednesday in the women's alpine skiing giant slalom.
Muraoka finished in a disability-factored, two-run total of 2 minutes, 26.53 seconds, beating out the Netherlands' Linda van Impelen by 2.71 seconds at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. Austria's Claudia Loesch took the bronze.
The 21-year-old Muraoka added to her silver medal in the downhill and bronze medals in the super-G and super combined. Her fourth medal brought Japan's medal count here to seven.
In her first run, Muraoka led the 10-woman field, crossing 1.40 ahead of van Impelen. Muraoka cruised to victory with the second-best second run of 1:13.06.
The giant slalom is a technical event in which the winner is determined by the combined time of two runs made on different courses on the same day.© KYODO