Charlotte Bankes wins snowboard cross World Championship gold

Great Britain's Charlotte Bankes won her first World Championship title with snowboard cross gold in Sweden.

Bankes, 25, beat Italy's Olympic champion Michela Moioli to the title by just 0.08 seconds.

Eva Samkova of the Czech Republic finished third after Australian Belle Brockhoff crashed out in the closing stages of the race in Idre Fjall.

Two-time Winter Olympian Bankes' previous World Championship best was silver in 2019.

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

"It's a shame for Belle, 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."

The six-time World Cup medallist previously represented France having lived there since the age of four, but switched to Great Britain - the country of her birth - in 2018.

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