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Shaun White wins Winter Olympics halfpipe gold in Pyeongchang

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White claims gold in thrilling halfpipe contest
bbc.comAmerican great Shaun White sensationally snatched halfpipe gold, denying Japanese teenager Ayumu Hirano with a superb final run in Pyeongchang.Hirano had landed back-to-back 1440s in his second attempt to overtake White with a score of 95.25.But with the pressure on 31-year-old White delivered a faultless 97.75 to secure his third Olympic halfpipe gold.
After becoming the first snowboarder to win three Olympic titles, White celebrated with tears.It is also the United States' 100th gold in Winter Olympic history.
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White threw his helmet into the crowd in celebration after his first run, but was forced to find more by HiranoWhite had overcome two heavy crashes in training in the build-up to the Games.He had 62 stitches in a face wound suffered in a crash in New Zealand in October after injuring his shoulder the previous month.However he showed he was back to his best with only the second-ever perfect score of 100 in January's US Grand Prix.
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His next Olympic target is to compete in the skateboarding event in the summer Games in Tokyo when the sport makes its debut in 2020.World champion Australian Scotty James finished in third position with a score of 92.00.The action had been held up for some time after Japanese rider Yuto Totsuka was taken away on a stretcher following a heavy fall.
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Also on Wednesday
Four other golds will be won on Wednesday (all times GMT).
Nordic combined - men's individual normal hill and men's individual 10km - 06:00-06:55 & 08:45-09:45:
Speed skating - women's 1,000m final - 10:00
Biathlon - women's 15km individual - 11:05-13:00
Luge - doubles heats one and two - 11:20-13:25
However, the women's slalom final, featuring American Mikaela Shiffrin, has been delayed until Friday because of high winds.The conditions had already led to the postponement of the women's slopestyle final earlier this week.
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