Indian skier Arif Khan falters in Slalom.

Beijing: India’s challenge at the Beijing Winter Olympics ended on Wednesday as Alpine skier Mohd Arif Khan veered off course in the final stretch to end with a DNF (Did Not Finish) in Slalom first run. A DNF in run 1 means the athlete can not participate in the second run. In the Giant Slalom event on Sunday, Arif finished 45th with a cumulative time of 2:47.24 after second run. He was ranked 53rd in the Giant Slalom’s first run. The 31-year-old skier from Jammu and Kashmir was the lone Indian representing the country in Beijing’s Winter Olympics. Besides, he is also the first Indian qualified for two events — Giant Slalom and Slalom — of the same edition. Only 52 out of 87 participants were able to finish the run. Athletes who finished the first run will be progressed to the medal race. UNI BAV RNJ


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