Barclay through to final, Bilous bows out

Auckland freeskier Ben Barclay booked a spot in the men’s freeski slopestyle final yesterday.

The 20-year-old impressed in both runs during qualifying, landing 1620s to conclude two technical efforts that produced scores of 76 and 77.71.

Either of those runs would have been enough for the top-12 spot he needed to reach his first Olympic final and the second score carried him to seventh in the 29-man field.

Wanaka freeskier Finn Bilous could not quite find his best form.

Alice Robinson in action in the women’s downhill event yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Alice Robinson in action in the women’s downhill event yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

He was briefly 11th after putting down a 68.01 with his first run, but he got in trouble on the top rail feature in his second run and had a hard landing on his first jump, scoring just 32.85.

Meanwhile, Queenstown skier Alice Robinson completed her Winter Olympic campaign with a solid effort in the downhill yesterday.

It is not her specialist discipline, but Robinson was eager to finish on a high after she struggled in both the giant slalom and Super G.

Finn Bilous performs a trick during the men’s freeski slopestyle qualification event yesterday at...
Finn Bilous performs a trick during the men’s freeski slopestyle qualification event yesterday at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

She held her nerve after a couple of bumpy sections at the start of the demanding downhill course, and found her rhythm as she skied smoothly to the finish for a time of 1min 35.37sec.

That left her 25th of the 31 skiers who managed to finish the course.

Swiss star Corinne Suter won the gold medal with a sizzling time of 1min 31.87sec.

Defending champion Sofia Goggia, of Italy, was 0.16sec behind Suter and claimed the silver medal with compatriot Nadia Delago earning bronze.

Ben Barclay reacts after his second run yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS
Ben Barclay reacts after his second run yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

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