Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: India's Arif Khan records DNF in the slalom as the campaign ends for India

Mohammad Arif Khan ended his campaign at the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 with a DNF (Did Not Finish) in the men's slalom event.

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On Wednesday, Indian alpine skier Mohammad Arif Khan received a DNF in the men's slalom category at the current Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. DNF means 'Did not finish'. Khan failed to finish his first run at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre. As a result, he was unable to compete in the second run.

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Source: TOI

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Johannes Strolz of Austria led the race after Run 1 with a timing of 53.92 seconds. Arif ranked 45th out of 89 competitors in the men's giant slalom race on Sunday. The Indian skier from Jammu and Kashmir ended in 2:47.24, 37.89 seconds behind the winner.

Arif Khan shared his experience on his debut at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

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In his words, "It's one of my dreams to be at Winter Olympics and this is my first time. It really means a lot. It's a great message back to our country and to our people to join winter sports in the future."

However, at the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, Arif Khan was India's sole representative.

"There were like millions of people watching me live back home. I was trying my best to give the best I have got. But the weather was uncertain, you couldn't see much. Like how the slope was used but it was good," He added further.

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Nevertheless, despite his abysmal performance in Beijing 2022, Arif Khan has already created a name for himself during his first Winter Games, achieving the best-ever finish by an Indian in giant slalom.

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