WINTER OLYMPICS

Ice dance duo place 13th, as fog postpones snowboard cross

Sara Hurtado and Adrià Díaz are first Spanish figure skating pair to compete at an Olympics

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Sara Hurtado and Adrià Diaz at Sochi 2014.
Sara Hurtado and Adrià Diaz at Sochi 2014.BARBARA WALTON (EFE)

Sara Hurtado and Adrià Díaz, the first Spanish figure skating duo to compete in a Winter Olympics, finished overall 13th in the ice dance competition in Sochi.

The duo scored a personal best in Monday’s free program, just as they had in the previous day’s short program, to achieve a total score of 146.97.

The gold medal went to American world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White with 195.52 points.

Meanwhile, Spain’s three snowboard cross competitors in Sochi were forced to wait an extra day to take to the slopes after dense fog reduced visibility to just a few meters in the Krasnaya Polyana mountains on Monday.

Provided the conditions have improved, the event is set to resume at 10.30am local time on Tuesday (7.30am in Spain) under an amended format: the seeding rounds have been scrapped with riders instead separated out according to their world ranking.

Lucas Eguibar is in theory the best qualified of the Spaniards and will start in the second heat. But a heel injury that the San Sebastián-born rider sustained in training has placed a question mark over his form. “Today it is worse because the pain has gone down to the sole of the foot,” his coach explained.

His compatriot Regino Hernandez will start alongside him in the second heat, with Laro Herrero heading out in heat eight. The good news for Spain is that there are only four riders in heat two with three set to progress to the next round.

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