Robanske qualifies first

25 February 2016 13:25
Men where the first to give it a go in the time trials on the massive sbx WC course at Bokwang Phoenix Park
Men where the first to give it a go in the time trials on the massive sbx WC course at Bokwang Phoenix Park -
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Canada Snowboard's national team member Christopher Robanske has posted the fastest qualifier time in today's time trials for this season's fifth snowboard cross World Cup which serves as official Olympic test event for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

The 26-year-old from Calgary stormed down the purpose-built course at Bokwang Phoenix Park, Korea which was designed Jeff Ihaksi (CAN) of White Industries Ltd, in 1:12.37 being only two hundredths faster than 2009 world champion Markus Schairer from Austria (1:12.39).

X Games bronze medallist Konstantin Schad (GER, 1:12.62) who had finished the Sunny Valley World Cup in fifth position underlined his current form with the third fastest time of 1:12.62.

In fourth and fifth position followed two athletes who surprised the more experienced riders who normally nail it in the race against the clock:

Ken Vuagnoux (FRA, 1:13.00) and Julian Lueftner (AUT, 1:13.23) were happy about their best qualifier result so far.

However, both young guns still have to put it together in the finals slated for Saturday 12 PM local time (4 AM CET) when the knock out heats of six kick off with the men's eight finals.

Check out the full results online listed on the righthand side.

New race programme for women

Women will find out tomorrow who will make it to the finals.

As several riders were missing their luggage, race officials decided to postpone the qualifiers to Friday till tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM local time (7 AM CET) in order to give them a few more training runs before things will heat up again.