China dominates day two of the Paralympic Winter Games | More sports news

BEIJING: Chinese athletes asserted their dominance on their home turf on day two of the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, winning four gold medals in the alpine and cross-country skiing events.
The host country now leads the medal tally with a total of 16, taking over from Ukraine, whose athletes won seven medals including three gold in Saturday’s biathlon events.
Local crowds roared with excitement as 19-year-old Zhang Mengqiu won China’s first-ever para-alpine skiing gold medal in the Super-G standing event on Sunday – the day before she was on the podium with a silver medal in the women’s downhill event.
Liang Jingyi, also 19, raced down Yanqing Mountain to win the men’s standing Super-G.
While in Zhangjiakou, Zheng Peng, 29, and Yang Hongqiong, 32, cleaned up in the men’s and women’s long-distance cross-country sitting categories.
“I actually felt exhausted in the second half of the race, but then I heard them cheering me on. With that in the background, the more I skied, the more powerful I felt,” Yang said.
“We have proven that Team China has unlimited potential for winter sports.”
In para-snowboard qualifying, Chinese athletes placed top four times in the men’s SB-UL category for competitors with upper limb impairments.
Crowd favorite Wang Pengyao, 21, placed third in Monday’s final.
“Today I challenged myself and made breakthroughs,” he said.
Winter sports are still in their infancy in China, but are gaining popularity after the country built 650 ice rinks and 800 ski resorts in recent years.
China made its Winter Paralympic debut at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002, but only won its first medal in 2018 in PyeongChang, winning gold in wheelchair curling.
Being at home, however, does not help the Chinese wheelchair curling team to defend their title.
On Sunday, they lost their second game in a row, losing 5-1 to Sweden after a 7-3 loss to Canada the day before.
Coach Yue Qingshuang said they felt the burden of high expectations at home.
“It probably has to do with us being home,” she said.
“There is more pressure and everyone wants to do too well.”
The team are hoping for better fortune in their Sunday night game against Estonia.

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