Sochi 2014: Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin eliminated in quarter-finals of snowboard cross at Olympic Winter Games
Australia's two-time world champion Alex Pullin was eliminated from the men's snowboard cross in the quarter-finals at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Pullin, nicknamed Chumpy, had won his opening heat but he could only manage fourth place in his quarter-final, with the top three advancing to the semi-finals.
Countryman Cam Bolton qualified for the penultimate round after winning his quarter-final, but he crashed out in his semi-final and broke his wrist after leading during the early stages.
He contested the small final to fill out the remaining top eight places, however another crashed cruelled his chances and he was unable to finish.
Fellow Australian Jarryd Hughes had earlier missed out on a place in the semi-finals after being involved in a crash in the third quarter-final before eventually placing fifth.
France's Pierre Vaultier of France won the gold medal, with Nikolay Olyunin of Russia taking the silver and American Alex Deibold claiming the bronze.
"It is tough, I was ready for that today," Pullin told Channel 10.
"It is pouring rain ...the track has changed a lot, things have changed in size. It threw everyone this morning, including myself."
Pullin says he was feeling confident after winning his first run in convincing fashion.
"The first run I had a lot of fun, I was hanging on even in front. I put it away," he said.
"I was feeling good about the second. Dealt with a few tricky moves. Landed on the back of the Frenchman, literally on his back. I carried momentum, it was even after that."
Bolton says he was proud of his performance and he was determined to leave nothing out on the course.
"It is the Olympics, I was always going to have a crack," he said.
"It is just the way it is. It was the way that it fell."
The three Australians were competing 24 hours after the competition had been postponed because of inclement weather.
Pullin was favourite to win gold, courtesy of winning the world title in La Molina in 2011 and Stoneham-et-Tewkesbury in 2013.
He also had two World Cup crowns (2010/11, 2012/13) in his keeping, having dominated the event since the Vancouver Olympics four years ago when he reached the quarter-finals on debut.
The 18-year-old Hughes was among the secondary favourites after he served notice of his enormous potential when he won the World Cup event in Lake Louise before Christmas.