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Watch: The emotional moment Adam Hall realises he’s won Winter Paralympic gold

Adam Hall has put a New Zealand exclamation mark on the PyeongChang Winter Paralympics by bagging gold on the penultimate day.

Dunedin farmer Hall claimed victory in a tense men's slalom standing event, powering from fourth to first with a blistering second run at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre.

The gold comes eight years to the day since he won the same discipline at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver.

The 30-year-old will return home with two medals in Korea, having claimed bronze in the Super combined event.

New Zealand's final medal haul will be three, with another alpine skier, Corey Peters, having snared a downhill sitting bronze.

It is a sweet return for Hall, who couldn't repeat his medal-winning deeds in Sochi four years ago, settling for fourth place in two events.

He looked set to finish outside the medals on Saturday after clocking 48.69 seconds in his first run.

However, his second run time 47.42sec was better than anybody in the field.

It left him with a combined time of 1min 36.11sec, which pipped Frenchman Arthur Bauchet by 0.39sec. American Jamie Stanton was third.

It capped a remarkable 24 hours for Hall, who was born with spina bifida.

On Friday he learned he will become the first Kiwi bestowed with a rare honour specific to the Paralympics.

He is the winner of the Whang Yuon Dai Achievement Award, awarded to just one male and one female athlete at each summer and winter Paralympics since 1988.

The award is for athletes who best exemplify the spirit of the Games and Paralympic values.

Organisers said Hall was honoured because of his work with the disabled community in New Zealand.

He and Finnish para nordic skier Sini Pyy will be presented with their awards at the closing ceremony on Sunday.

Adam Hall of New Zealand competes in the men's downhill, standing, at the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Saturday, March 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Adam Hall. Source: Associated Press


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