Pullin and Samkova with top qualifier times
The odds-on favourites for the Snowboard Cross Gold at the FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships have underlined their claim to the title.
Especially Alex Pullin seems to be on fire to become the first ever snowboarder to nail a SBX title three-peat.
The 2011 and 2013 World Champion was on a mission today, flying down the fast snowboard cross course whilst finally clocking in 1:00.06.
Spanish rocket Lucas Eguibar was the one to come closest to this best time (1:00.35) whilst 2013 Silver medallist Markus Schairer (AUT) also underlined his right to another Gold after 2009 in 1:00.76.
Tommaso Leoni from Italy was tied for third with the local hero the fans will pin their hopes on tomorrow.
In the women's competition where the defending champion Maelle Ricker is sidelined from action due to knee problems three big names of the scene seem to be the main aspirants for the podium.
Olympic Champion Eva Samkova posted the best time in 1:03.64 while 2014 World Cup title winner and Sochi Silver medallist Dominique Maltais as well as three-time World Champion Linsey Jacobellis who walked home with Gold at every WCS she competed at so far are within reach being 15 and 16 hundreds behind, respectively.
The finals are scheduled for tomorrow 11:45 AM.