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Gillings ninth in Sochi

Zoe Gillings in quarter-final action in the women's snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia  (Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

Zoe Gillings in quarter-final action in the women's snowboard cross at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia (Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

The Isle of Man’s Zoe Gillings claimed ninth place after agonisingly just missing out on a place in the main final of the snowboard cross at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Sunday morning.

The 28-year-old Ronague woman appeared to be on course to challenge for a medal after safety progressing through to the semi-finals of the event and moving up to third in the second semi.

However, after having to avoid a fellow competitor who lay stricken in the middle of the slope, Gillings faced a race to the line with Italy’s Michela Moiolo who eventually pipped her to third by just a matter of centimetres.

With only the top three in each semi progressing to the big final, it meant Zoe had to be content with a place in the small final where she finished third for ninth place overall.

Full report in Tuesday’s Isle of Man Examiner.

 

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