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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor at the Sochi Olympics

Ireland's Seamus O'Connor at the Sochi Olympics

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Ireland's Seamus O'Connor at the Sochi Olympics

Winter Olympics: Irish snowboarder Seamus O'Connor failed to qualify for the slopestyle final in Sochi yesterday but he still has a second chance tomorrow.

Just the top eight (of 30) riders got through yesterday and O'Connor finished second last in his group and 25th overall after scoring a best of 40 after two runs.

But four places are still up for grabs in tomorrow's semi-finals and O'Connor will be in the mix again, alongside top Canadian Mark McMorris and Britain's Billy Moran who surprisingly didn't get through first time out.

Norway's Staale Sandbech topped the first group with a brilliant second run that scored him a 94.50 but Canada's Max Parrot, who was in O'Connor's group, pulled out a 97.50 with his second run to top qualifying.

Britain's Jamie Nicholls (86.75) was among the top eight automatic qualifiers which included five Scandinavians and two Canadians.

O'Connor (16) is a particularly young Olympic debutant and, if he doesn't get through tomorrow, he still has the halfpipe discipline to come next Tuesday.

Irish Independent