Pollard confident heading to final event

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Bunbury’s Sean Pollard will look to add to Australia’s Paralympic Games medal tally when he takes to the slopes for the SB-UL banked slalom in PyeongChang, South Korea tomorrow.

The 26-year-old was eliminated in the one-eighth finals in the snowboard cross by 0.13 of a second on Monday, finishing ninth overall.

He now has his sights set on a medal in the slalom event and is full of confidence after a solid performance earlier in the week.

“I am really looking forward to the banked slalom,” Pollard said from PyeongChang after his race on Monday.

“There is not a gate I have to jump over. I am looking forward to throwing down on Friday.”

After Pollard was eliminated on Monday, he watched Queenslander Simon Patmore break Australia’s Winter Paralympics gold medal drought when he defeated Italy’s Manuel Pozzerle to claim Australia’s first gold since 2002.

Collie’s Shaun Pianta made his Paralympics debut yesterday when he finished 14th in the men’s visually impaired giant slalom event, recording a time of 2:47.85 from two runs with his sighted guide Jeremy O’Sullivan.

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