After finishing ninth in the qualifying round earlier in the afternoon, Morris progressed to the Super Final by finishing fourth in the 1st Final.
Morris and Russia’s Petr Medulich fought it out for the minor placings, with the Russian scraping through to finish second, just 1.17 points clear of Morris in third.
For the second year running, the home nation’s Guangpu Qi took out the men’s event, with a fabulous performance, to finish well clear of Medulich and Morris.
Following the official presentations, Morris reflected on his terrific opening round performance.
“I’m really happy with the result of my return to aerials. I felt a lot of pressure to perform well as a returning Olympic medallist, but just concentrated on the same things as always,” Morris said. “I jumped with confidence and with purpose.”
It was a tough competition which Morris noted.
“Everyone jumped well; it was a fantastic competition, and I was fortunate enough to come out with a medal,” Morris said.
In the Ladies’ competition, fellow OWIA/VIS athlete Danielle Scott came through qualifying in second place, after a solid opening performance.
Scott was the only Australian to progress to the finals, after Samantha Wells and Renee McElduff were unable to progress from the qualifying round, finishing 15th and 18th respectively.
After qualifying for the Super Final in fourth place, it was a great battle between the finalists, with Scott eventually settling for fourth place.
Scott was satisfied with her opening performance and was also full of praise for the venue.
“Today went pretty well and it was a great event on a fantastic site,” Scott said.
“I’m happy with my jumps leading into the Super Final, but unfortunately got a little caught up on the landing.”
Ashley Caldwell from the United States took out first place, from Zhang Xin of China in second, with American Kiley McKinnon third.
IMAGE: The OWIA/VIS Aerial Team in Beijing © Danielle Scott