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Morgan books snowboard final spot

Billy Morgan joined fellow Briton Jamie Nicholls in the final of the snowboard slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Morgan missed out on automatic qualification on Thursday, with Nicholls surprisingly outperforming his GB team-mate, but the 24-year-old proved his mettle when it mattered at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on Saturday morning with a tremendous run in the semi-finals.

He went straight into first place in the opening heat and stayed there following a nigh-on flawless run, which finished with a backside triple 14 and earned him a score of 90.75.

With his place in the showpiece event already secured by the time of his final run, Morgan's stumble after the second jump of his second run was inconsequential.

"I knew the judges would be rewarding going bigger, so I went as fast as I could and went bigger," he said.

"I did have to open it up a little bit at the end, which the judges wouldn't have liked.

"I am stoked. I went bigger, felt good."

American Sage Kotsenburg (90.50), one of the pre-tournament favourites Mark McMorris (89.25) and Yuki Kadono of Japan (84.75) joined Morgan in the final.