Charlotte Bankes and Lucas Eguibar triumph at 2021 Snowboard Cross World Championships in Sweden

The British snowboarder won the women's race in dramatic fashion in Idre Fjall, Sweden, with Spain's Eguibar taking a photo-finish win in the men's at the FIS worlds.

By Alessandro Poggi
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Charlotte Bankes improved on a silver medal from Utah 2019 to clinch her maiden world title in snowboard cross in Idre Fjall, Sweden, on Thursday (11 February).

The 25-year-old, who used to represent France and switched to Great Britain in 2018, topped the qualifiers on Tuesday, before dominating all the way through the final, where she came out on top after a tight race.

PyeongChang 2018 gold medallist Michela Moioli from Italy grabbed silver, while reigning world champion Eva Samkova of Czech Republic settled for bronze.

In the decisive race, Bankes took a comfortable lead after some smart riding in the top section and held on until the finish line, despite a mistake in the final stretch.

"It's pretty amazing, I think I've had a great few days here. It's been a really fun course, it's just amazing to be able to pull all the runs together," Bankes told FIS after the race.

"I think the final was tight racing: unfortunately I made a mistake at the end. It's a shame for Belle (Brockhoff), I'm really sorry for her, it was a really tight race and unfortunately, she crashed out because of me, but I'm happy I managed to stay on my feet and keep it through the line"

Photo-finish in the men's race

In the men's final, Spain's Lucas Eguibar came from behind to pip pre-race favourite Alessandro Haemmerle of Austria at the finish line.

The 27-year-old Spaniard clinched his second individual medal at the Worlds, following a silver on home snow in Sierra Nevada four years ago.

"I can't believe it, I didn't start the season very well and I came here with no really good feelings, but my team made such a good job and I can't believe it, I'm dreaming," 27-year-old Eguibar said to FIS after the race.

19-year-old Eliot Grondin of Canada rounded off the podium.

Haemmerle had the best start, but Eguibar built speed at the bottom of the course and beat the Austrian at the photo finish.

"I was behind, I knew that in the end I was very fast and I just told myself, 'just go, just go, don't think about anything!"


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