Cairns-born Jakara gets sec­ond shot

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

THE Win­ter Olympics start early for eight Aus­tralians, in­clud­ing Cairns-born Jakara An­thony, with qual­i­fy­ing for the men’s and women’s moguls tak­ing place at Bok­wang Phoenix Park be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony.

Aus­tralian medal fan­cies Britt Cox and Matt Gra­ham qual­i­fied for the moguls fi­nals di­rectly from the open­ing round of the event.

World cham­pion Cox di­alled back the tricks and scored 76.78 to come in sixth. Gra­ham, a reg­u­lar podium fin­isher on the World Cup tour, snuck in with a score of 77.28 to be ninth.

The top 10 skiers go di­rectly into the fi­nals, while the next 20 com­pete for another 10 places in the de­ciders.

An­thony fin­ished 14th with a score of 69.49, and will join fel­low Aus­tralians Madii Him­bury (15th, 68.98) and Clau­dia Gueli (17th, 68.68) in the repechage to­mor­row.

Men’s skiers Brodie Sum­mers, Ro­han Chap­man-Davies and James Mathe­son will also en­joy a sec­ond chance on Mon­day.

Sum­mers looks to have se­cured another chance de­spite not ski­ing yes­ter­day.

His Games looked to have been over be­fore they be­gan af­ter he ap­peared to in­jure his knee in a warm-up run.

But Aus­tralian chef de mis­sion Ian Ch­ester­man said the na­ture of the for­mat meant that he would get another shot at qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals on Mon­day if he was fit.

Sum­mers, who sus­tained an ACL in­jury in Septem­ber, was al­ways up against it to be in peak con­di­tion for the Games.

He cut a dis­con­so­late fig­ure as he re­ceived treat­ment from team doc­tor Peter Braun yes­ter­day.

He hob­bled from the ath­letes’ area and left with his equip­ment.

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