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Para bronze for Aussie Kane in Super-G

14/03/2006 06:00:59 AM Comments (0)

Sydney teenager Toby Kane won Australia's second medal of the Turin Winter Paralympics, taking on the older generation to claim bronze in the Super-G.

Kane, who only turned 19 in December, skied a perfect line down the 2,120 metre course of 41 gates at Sestiere-Borgata to clock 1min 12.03sec and outclass skiers nearly twice his age and experience including team-mate Michael Milton, 32, who was 12th.

But since he was the 10th skier on course, he had to wait for another 45 competitors to finish before confirmation of his a medal at his first Paralympic Games.

"That was a hard time waiting. I just wanted that medal so bad that I was worried someone might take it away from me," Kane said.

"When I finally knew I had the bronze I was ecstatic. There are so many emotions flowing through me right now that I feel a bit lost. But this is what I always hoped and dreamed might happen."

Kane has been skiing since he was six. He lost his lower right leg in a car accident when he was two but has no memory of the incident.

He shared the podium with gold medallist Walter Lackner of Austria (1:11.87), who is 36, and the downhill gold medallist of two days ago, German Gerd Shoenfelder (1:11.89), who is 35.

"That shows just how good Toby is," said Australian head coach, Steve Graham.

"He's just got an uncanny feel for Super-G. He just stays relaxed when others lose their composure and that was the difference today."

Milton hung onto second position briefly with a 1:13.61 before Kane made the course his own in brilliant sunny conditions and no wind.

Milton, competing at his fifth and final Paralympics, won a silver medal in the downhill.

"I just made a little mistake at the top and I couldn't catch up the time," Milton said.

"It's great for Toby. He has been skiing so well and working hard and you're looking at the new generation in alpine skiers for us right now."

Australia now sits in 11th position on the medal table with a silver and bronze while France leads with four gold and three bronze.

From the seven skiers in action on Monday in Super-G for Australia, five made it down the demanding course with two, including medal hope and 2004 world champion in this event, Cameron Rahles-Rahbula, crashing.

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