Winter Olympics 2018: Aussie Jarryd Hughes wins silver in snowboard cross

Winter Olympics 2018: Aussie Jarryd Hughes wins silver in snowboard cross

Australian Jarryd Hughes has hung on to claim silver in a breathtaking final of the men's snowboard cross.

"It is always hard work coming back and five [operations] is rough and my knee is not flawless and never will be unfortunately".

Hughes stayed close to the front throughout the final to finish second behind France's defending gold medallist and world champion Pierre Vaultier, with Spain's Regino Hernandez taking the bronze.

The other Aussie in the final, Alex "Chumpy" Pullin, crashed out midway through the race and couldn't finish.

Vaultier had led from the start, with Hughes maintaining an inside line to keep in touch with the Frenchman.

"I'm just happy to see all the hard work paying off and working out".

Pullin crashes in third Olympic appearanceAlex Pullin after his semi-final run in the men's snowboard cross.

His form leading into the Games was inconsistent, with a World Cup gold medal in December followed by three results outside the top-20.

He received heavy strapping tape to his arm before his final race after falling in the semis and was only able to push off with one hand.

Countryman Adam Lambert was out in the first round of finals after being clipped from behind by falling Andorran Lluis Marin Tarroch.