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World champs silver for para-skier Peters

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/01/2017
Corey Peters © Getty Corey Peters

New Zealand sit skier Corey Peters has secured a downhill silver medal on the first day of the para alpine skiing world championships in Italy.

The defending champion from two years ago, Peters was pipped by 0.61 seconds by American Andrew Kurka who won his maiden world title.

Japan's Paralympic champion Akira Kano was third on the Tarvisio course.

While disappointed to fall short in his title defence, Peters says his primary target is next year's Paralympics in Korea.

"My main goal this week is to continue to build for PyeongChang next year," he said.

"I felt confident coming into today, having had two solid training runs on the hill. Unfortunately, I wasn't quite fast enough on the day."

Peters is confident of contending in the Super G on Thursday.

Earlier, Kiwi Adam Hall, who competes in the standing category, was pleased with his 11th place finish on a course that favoured those that could tuck for speed.

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