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Billy Morgan wins Great Britain’s record fifth medal with bronze

Billy Morgan won bronze in the men’s snowboarding big air to give Great Britain their fifth medal of the Pyeongchang Games, a record for the Winter Olympics.

Morgan, 28, became the first British man to win a Winter Olympic medal on the snow, and only third Team GB athlete to do so after Jenny Jones and Izzy Atkin.

The bronze sees Great Britain reach UK Sport’s pre-Games minimum target of five medals – following skeleton gold for Lizzy Yarnold, as well as bronze medals for Dom Parsons, Laura Deas and Izzy Atkin.

Morgan celebrates during the victory ceremony after the men's big air final
Morgan celebrates during the victory ceremony after the men’s big air final

After falling on his first jump, Morgan posted a score of 82.50 on his second run, followed by a 85.50 on his final run – successfully landing a front-side 14 triple with mute and tail-grab, which he had never succeeded in doing in competition before.

Morgan, the oldest snowboarder competing in the final, had been struggling with a knee injury this season and Matt McCormick had been brought to the Olympics as back-up had he not been able to compete in slopestyle and big air.

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