Time to celebrate: David Morris won a silver medal. Photo: AP
Australian David Morris has secured Australia’s first ever Winter Olympics medal in the men’s aerials competition by claiming silver in Sochi.
The Victorian’s second place means Australia now has three medals at the Games.
Morris’ teammate Lydia Lassila took bronze in the women’s aerials on Friday following Torah Bright’s snowboard silver in the Sochi halfpipe.
Australia’s David Morris bagged silver in the men’s aerials. Photo: Reuters
Anton Kushnir from Belarus won gold on Monday night with a score of 134.50.
China’s Zongyan Jia took the bronze with 95.06 behind Morris on 110.41.
Melbourne-born Morris qualified second into the Olympic finals before landing his next three jumps to take out the silver medal.
Morris said he wasn’t expecting to claim a medal on Monday night.
‘‘We dream about it but the field that was here today is an incredible field,’’ the 29-year-old told Network Ten.
‘‘You saw the quality of the jumps and some of these guys just got quite unlucky.’’
Morris said if his rivals had landed their best jumps there was no way he’d have come second.
‘‘I know that, I’m not the best jumper out here.
‘‘I consistently land though and that always puts you in the top 10, top eight and, today, top four and – second!’’
The jumper used his moment in the spotlight to call for a water ramp in Australia to help athletes prepare for future events.
‘‘We don’t have one and now we have two Olympic medals – just saying.’’