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Southampton snowboarder books Olympic final spot

Billy Morgan in action in Sochi Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Billy Morgan joined fellow Briton Jamie Nicholls in the final of the snowboard slopestyle event at the Winter Olympics in Sochi later on Saturday with a tremendous run in the semi-finals.

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.

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.

Billy Morgan during his second run in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Semi Final Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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."

All smiles after his second run in the Men's Snowboard Slopestyle Semi Final Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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.