Canada's Mikael Kingsbury wins Olympic gold in men's moguls

Matt Graham

World number 1 Mikael Kingsbury of Canada, fulfiled a lifelong dream by claiming gold in the men's moguls this evening at the Winter Olympics.

Kingsbury, the 25-year-old from the mountains north of Montreal, scored a massive 86.63 in his final run.

It was the third Olympics in a row that a Canadian man has topped the moguls podium.

The Japanese skier produced an impressively controlled run but had to settle for the bronze medal with a score of 82.19.

Fellow Canadian Marc-Antonie Gagnon finished in fourth place.

Philippe Marquis has come back strong after tearing his ACL earlier this year, but his knee appeared to give out on his first run in the finals after landing the first jump.

Graham, from Gosford in New South Wales produced his best in the final round to lead until the second-last competitor before settling for silver. He somehow stayed on two skis, but a score of 33.61 meant a top-three finish was unlikely.

Hara was under pressure and needed a flawless run.

Kingsbury, who won the sliver medal in the same event at Sochi 2014, amid a six-year streak in which he has been both the World Cup moguls champion and overall freestyle title holder, took the gold at Phoenix Snow Park, overcoming a relatively shaky start.

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