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James claims third halfpipe world title

Australian snowboarder Scotty James has claimed an unprecedented third world halfpipe title while Matt Graham and Jakara Anthony won silver in the moguls.

James claims third halfpipe world title

Australian snowboarder Scotty James has claimed an unprecedented third world halfpipe title while Matt Graham and Jakara Anthony won silver in the moguls.

Olympic snowboarder SCOTTY JAMES of Australia poses for a photo outside the Red Bull Racing garage at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia.
Olympic snowboarder SCOTTY JAMES of Australia poses for a photo outside the Red Bull Racing garage at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Australian snowboarding ace Scotty James has taken out an unprecedented third consecutive halfpipe world title in Utah.

A year to the day since James led the Australian team into the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony, the Victorian blew his competition away with an unbeatable early run at Park City.


After winning gold in 2015 and 2017, the win cements James as the only man to claim three world championships in the event.

During his first run, the PyeongChang bronze medallist scored a whopping 94.25, which remained unobtainable for his rivals throughout the finals.

Not content however, the triple Olympian went one better and put down a jaw-dropping 97.50 on run three.

Japan's Yuto Totsuka claimed silver with 92.25 and Patrick Burgener from Switzerland took the bronze with 91.25.

James said winning his third title was surreal.

"I was pinching myself when I won my second world title and I'm triple pinching myself now that I've won my third one; it's absolutely amazing," the 24-year-old said.

"The level of riding was incredible. I was on my toes, I knew those last two guys behind me had a lot in them to pull it together so I just wanted to land that run and do it the way I wanted to, so I'm over the moon."

Fellow Aussie and dual-Olympian Kent Callister finished fifth with a score of 79.00.

The win continues an incredible unbeaten season for James, which includes Gold at X Games and championships across Europe and North America.

Meanwhile, Matt Graham and Jakara Anthony took silver in the men's and women's moguls, their first podium finishes at the world championships.

After qualifying first for the final, Anthony was only 0.15 points off the score posted by Kazakhstan's Yulia Galysheva.

Two-time Olympian Graham qualified second and maintained that position in the Super Final as Canada's Mikael Kingsbury claimed his third world title.

"I found a groove and I think I was absorbing up to my chin on some of those moguls they were so big. I'm really happy with the way I skied, and I feel a sense of closure," he said.

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