Australia have claimed the gold medal in the snowboard cross mixed teams event at the FIS Snowboard World Championships in Idre Fjäll, Sweden.
NSW Institute of Sport athletes Jarryd Hughes and Belle Brockhoff combined for Australia’s first ever mixed teams medal in the new Olympic event which will debut in Beijing 2022.
The mixed teams event is a two-competitor-per-team relay with one male and female athlete. The male athletes race first, with the women leaving the start gate with the respective time margin that the men crossed the finish line.
In the medal round, Hughes got Australia off to a great start in the final with impressive riding to cross the line in first place, 0.77 seconds ahead of the Italian team.
Brockhoff then raced exceptionally well to take the victory finishing 0.64 seconds ahead of the Italian team with France crossing the line in third place.
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