February 22, 2018 / 3:00 AM / a year ago

Freestyle skiing: New Zealand's Byron Wells injures leg and out of halfpipe final

Freestyle Skiing - Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Men's Ski Halfpipe Training - Phoenix Snow Park - Pyeongchang, South Korea - February 22, 2018 - Byron Wells of New Zealand is carried away after crashing. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) - New Zealand’s Byron Wells suffered a leg injury in practice for the ski halfpipe final on Thursday and was forced to withdraw.

Wells, who qualified in fourth position, fell during a practice run and received medical treatment before being carried off the pipe.

A New Zealand team spokesman confirmed Wells had suffered a leg injury but said it was too soon to know its severity.

Byron’s brother Beau-James is still competing in the final and produced a score of 87.40 in the first round.

Reporting by Jack Tarrant; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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