Disqualifications moves Etherington up to second

Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo:  Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636
Jade Etherington, right, in action with guide Caroline Powell, left. Photo: Mark Scorgie ENGEMN00120140130142636
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Bourne skier Jade Etherington has been bumped up to silver medal position in the Visually-Impaired Super Combined event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Paralympics.

Etherington and her guide Caroline Powell finished the Slalom section of the Super Combined in fourth spot in a time of 1:01.80 behind Sloviakia’s Henrieta Farkasova and Australia’s Melissa Perrine, however both athletes have been disqualified from this morning’s (Tuesday) event.

Farkasova was disqualified for missing the final gate on the course and Perrine has been disqualified for using illegal equipment in her race.

The Australian, who was in second place after the Slalom, had taped a visor to her helmet over the top of her goggles to help her see in the glare of bright flood lights which were turned on to try and improve the visibility in the heavy fog which had delayed the start of their slalom run by two hours and caused the fast Super-G event to be postponed at Rosa Khutor.

Competition rules state that nothing is allowed to be attached to a competitors helmet.

With just three athletes left in the running it means that Etherington only has to finish the Super-G element of the event at 10am on Friday to win her third medal in her first Paralympics Games.

Etherington, who won silver in the Downhill on Saturday and bronze in the Super-G yesterday, is 3.12 seconds behind the Russian leader Aleksandra Frantceva.

Frantceva and her guide Pavel Zabotin finished 0.78 seconds ahead of Etherington in the Super-G yesterday (Monday) to claim silver.