Winter Paralympics: Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell claim fourth medal

• Record-breaking pair take third silver in Sochi
• Giant slalom is still to come on Sunday

Jade Etherington and Caroline Powell became the first Britons to win four medals at one Winter Paralympics by taking a third Sochi silver in the super-combined skiing.

The visually impaired Etherington and her guide safely negotiated the super-G stage of the event to earn Great Britain a fifth medal of the Games.

The duo were all but guaranteed another podium place going into the run. With only three pairs left in the competition following the opening slalom segment on Tuesday, they lay second and knew they only had to finish to claim a medal.

They were brave enough to risk throwing it away by going for gold, but the 3.12sec they had to make up on Russia's Aleksandra Frantceva proved too tough an ask – only just, though, with the home favourite taking the title by 0.63.

Etherington and Powell finished in a combined time of 2:28.38, well clear of the American bronze-medal winner Danelle Umstead.

Their silver followed second-placed finishes in the slalom and the downhill events and bronze in the super-G.

Etherington and Powell have one more event to come, the giant slalom on Sunday, which will give them a chance to write another piece of history. No Briton has won five Winter Paralympic medals.

Etherington said: "Looking back we haven't skied as well as that ever, it was one of our best runs and we pulled back a couple of seconds. It was tough, it hurt all the way down. We are really annoyed not to get the gold but we got a medal and we will continue fighting."

Powell added: "Jade has definitely reached her peak. Together we have formed a great bond. There is great communication between us, it has worked so well throughout the season and we have peaked at the right time.

"We have managed to get four medals and we are so happy with that. We are obviously devastated not to get the gold, but we can't do anything about that." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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