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USA’s Mann Tops Podium at Para Snowboard World Cup in Spain

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Mark Mann, center, celebrates his victory in the men's SB-LL1 contest. Photo: IPC/Nederlandse Ski Vereniging

Mark Mann of the United States improved his lead on top of the Para Snowboard World Cup standings following a victory in La Molina.

He came first in the men’s snowboard-cross SB-LL1 big final after finishing third at the Spanish resort, the same position he got at the World Championships earlier this month.

Mann defeated world silver medalist Reinhold Schett of Austria in the final.

Dutch boarder Chris Vos, who won gold at the World Championships, finished third.

There was more American success as Mike Minor added to his SB-UL success from yesterday with another in the second running of the competition, beating France’s Maxime Montaggioni to move further ahead in the World Cup standings.

Third place was claimed by Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle, one position down from the previous day.

Lisa Bunschoten of the Netherlands defeated Astrid Fina Paredes, who was competing on home snow, in the women’s SB-LL1 big final.

Another Dutch athlete, Renske van Beek, was third.

In the men’s SB-LL2 competition, Evan Strong of the US and Finland’s Matti Suur-Hamari once again faced-off in the final and for the second day in a row, the latter came out on top.

Keith Gabel finished in third place after the American beat Great Britain’s Owen Pick.

The other races were won by France’s Cecile Hernandez-Cervellon in the women’s SB-LL1 while Peggy Martin won the SB-UL category.

By George Thorpe

Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz

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