LAST_UPDATEWed, 23 May 2018 11pm

Shaun White Wins Halfpipes Gold In Pyeongchang

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American great Shaun White sensationally snatched halfpipe gold, denying Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano with a superb final run in Pyeongchang.

Hirano had landed back-to-back 1440s in his second attempt to overtake White with a score of 95.25

But with the pressure on 31-year-old White delivered a faultless 97.75 to secure his third Olympic halfpipe gold.

White, who suffered two heavy crashes in training in the build-up to the Games, celebrated with tears.

He becomes the first snowboarder to win three Olympic titles.

His next Olympic target is to compete in the skateboarding event in the summer Games in Tokyo when the sport makes its debut in 2020.

World champion Australian Scotty James finished in third position with a score of 92.00.

The action had been held up for some time after Japanese rider Yuto Totsuka was taken away on a stretcher following a heavy fall.