Places elate, dis­may

Eus­tace joins elite level, Wells dis­ap­pointed

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Wanaka racer Katharine Eus­tace’s 11th place fin­ish at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics has been hailed as a ‘‘phenom­e­nal’’ re­sult by her Kiwi coaches. Eus­tace, 38, clawed back three spots in her fi­nal two runs of 58.69 and 58.54 sec­onds to claim a highly cred­itable fi­nal rank­ing in the women’s skele­ton. New Zealand win­ter sports high per­for­mance di­rec­tor Ash­ley Light raved about the fi­nal fin­ish of the Wanaka ath­lete while her coach Terry Hol­land said it pro­pelled her into the elite level of women’s skele­ton racers. ‘‘Fin­ish­ing with that time was phenom­e­nal,’’ Light said. Eus­tace’s 11th matches freeskier Jossi Wells’ 11th in the slopestyle fi­nal last week, as the best re­sult so far for New Zealand in Sochi. Wells, 23, notched a high­est score of 60.60, which was his first run in the fi­nal but it was a fig­ure far be­hind that needed for a spot on the podium at the Rosa Khutor Ex­treme Park. Wells la­belled his ef­fort in the fi­nal as dis­ap­point­ing. ‘‘I put it all on the line to­day,’’ he said. ‘‘We went out there to get on the podium. ‘‘I didn’t hold back and some­times when you do that, you fall off.’’ Ear­lier, Well’s younger brother Beau-James missed out on the fi­nal, fin­ish­ing 21st in what was a tense qual­i­fy­ing heat for skiers af­ter a num­ber of falls in the first round of runs. A gut­ted Bex Sin­clair, 22, was left strug­gling to un­der­stand what had hap­pened af­ter two falls in qual­i­fy­ing ended her Olympic dream. Sin­clair crashed early in her first run at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics half­pipe course but she looked more com­fort­able in her sec­ond run be­fore fall­ing again. Wed­nes­day: 2.45am – Jossi, By­ron and Beau James Wells and Lyn­don Shee­han, Freeski Men’s Half­pipe Qual­i­fi­ca­tions. 6.30am – Freeski Men’s Half­pipe Fi­nals

Thurs­day: 8pm – Adam Bar­wood, Alpine Men’s Gi­ant Slalom Run 1 Fri­day: 3.30am – Jan­ina Kuzma Freeski Ladies’ Half­pipe Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Sun­day: 1am – Alpine Men’s Slalom Run 1am till 1.45am: Adam Bar­wood

Medal hope: Jossi Wells com­petes in

the Freestyle Ski­ing Men’s Ski Slopestyle Qual­i­fi­ca­tion dur­ing day six of the Sochi Win­ter Olympics.

Photo: GETTY IM­AGES.

De­lighted: A happy Katharine Eus­tace at the Sochi Win­ter Olympics.

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