Snowboarder Zoe Gillings qualifies seventh in World Cup second round

British number one Zoe Gillings qualified seventh fastest for the finals of the second round of the boarder-cross World Cup in Switzerland.

The Isle of Man snowboarder's best run in Veysonnaz was less than two seconds behind fastest qualifier Lindsey Jacobellis from the United States.

Gillings said: "Qualifying went really well today and I am really pleased that I improved throughout the day."

The 26-year-old finished 10th in the opening round in the United States.

The format for the World Cup event has taken a dramatic change this year where 24 athletes now qualify for the heats instead of 16, and each heat now has six athletes racing in it instead of four.

However due to the width of the course there will be a meeting to discuss whether Thursday's finals should be run with four competitors as opposed to six, for safety reasons.

"The course is very fast and narrow in places so I will find out tonight what will happen tomorrow," said Gillings.

"We were all hitting the second jump with too much speed and overshooting the landing. If all six girls scrub their speed at the same time in a race there could be a big problem."

In 2011, Gillings finished on the podium in the World Cup in Arosa, Switzerland.

This year's second roundwas scheduled to take place in Bad Gastein, Austria, but was moved because of a lack of snow.

The third round will be held at the same resort with the finals on Sunday.

Following the two World Cup rounds, Gillings will travel to Aspen, Colorado in the United States to compete in the boarder-cross event at the X-Games.

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