Paralympics: Two Koreas to march separately at Pyeongchang opening ceremony

6 Mar 2018- 15:01:00

To mark the commencement of the 2018 Winter Paralympic games in PyeongChang, South Korea, Google has doodled a rather dynamic and colourful doodle.

The Poles kick off their Olympic campaign on Saturday, competing in Alpine skiing and the biathlon.

The Winter Paralympians of North and South Korea have appeared separately under their own countries' flags after a row over the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.

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25 athletes will be competing at the Paralympic Games for the first time.

A record 567 athletes from 48 countries, plus the Neutral Paralympic Athlete delegation, will compete at the Games.

There South Korean wheelchair curling vice skip Soon Seok Seo and South Korean women's curling skip Eun Jung Kim were waiting to light the cauldron.

As in the Olympics, Russian athletes will not compete under the Russian flag, but instead as individuals and grouped under the term "neutral Paralympic athlete".

An earlier version of the flag included the islets, but they were excluded from the flag that the two Koreans marched under at the Pyeongchang Olympics after Japan lodged a protest.

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Marie Bochet and Benjamin Daviet clinched France's first golds, in women's standing downhill skiing and men's standing biathlon respectively.

He was supported by the excited dancing of partially-sighted skier Kelly Gallagher, who made history in Sochi four years ago by becoming Britain's first Winter Paralympic champion.

She completed the course at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre in 1 minute, 29.72 seconds, beating second-placed Millie Knight of Britain and her guide, Brett Wild, by 0.86 seconds.

"It was hard for me to train for this sport, but I think everyone has something that fits to his or her talents", he said.

In the biathlon - which combines skiing and shooting - US took gold and silver in the women's sit ski, with Kendall Gretcsch coming first and Oskana Masters second.

The North Korean athletes are two cross-country skiers, Kim Jong-hyon and Ma Yu-chol.

The Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place on Friday midnight 9 March (New Zealand time), with live coverage beginning at midnight on DUKE.

It followed comments by US Vice-President Mike Pence, who said in Tokyo on his arrival in Asia to attend the Opening Ceremony that they planned to introduce the "toughest and most aggressive" sanctions yet against North Korea.

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