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Gillings edged out of final

Britain's Zoe Gillings was edged out of the women's snowboard cross final at the Sochi Winter Olympics after an agonising photo finish.

The 28-year-old made it through to the semis in Krasnaya Polyana but was denied a chance to fight it out for a medal by a matter of inches.

Gillings looked to be on course for a top three spot but was pipped on the line by Italian Michela Moioli. She went on to finish third in the small final, which placed her ninth overall

"I'm really disappointed about the photo finish and not quite making the final, but it can be pretty small margins in this sport," Gillings said.

"One of the officials said I'd made it but it flashed up on the screen about 15 seconds (later) that I hadn't.

"Lindsey (Jacobellis) fell in front of me and I had to change my line a little bit and that cost me some speed and is why I got caught on the line.

"My aim coming into the competition was to ride as well as I could and stay on my feet. This is my first Olympics where I've not had an injury."

Eva Samkova won the final to clinch the Czech Republic's first gold medal of the Games as American favourite Lindsey Jacobellis crashed out once again.

Jacobellis, who famously blew gold in Turin in 2006 when she fell after attempting a stunt on her final jump, slid out of contention after falling when well ahead in her semi-final.

Samkova executed a clear run to ease to victory ahead of World Cup leader Dominique Maltais of Canada, with French teenager Chloe Trespeuch taking bronze.

American Jacqueline Hernandez was lifted off the course after a heavy crash appeared to leave her unconscious, although she later managed to sit up after being attended to by medical personnel.