China eyes podiums in aerials world championships

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/3/10 15:00:42

Chinese aerials skiers won good rankings in the qualifications at the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle Ski & Snowboard World Championships, and will compete for medals in the finals on Saturday morning.

China put three men athletes to the finals in the top six, with two-time reigning world champion Qi Guangpu leading the way for that squad with second place in qualification. Qi scored no lower than runner-up in any competition he entered this year.

Qi's teammates Zhou Hang and Jia Zongyang placed third and fifth in the qualifying round. Mac Bohonnon of the United States had the men's top score of 124.34 points. Other strong skiers include 2015 world championships bronze medalists Maxim Gustik of Belarus, and Sochi Olympic silver medalist David Morris of Australia.

US athletes also lead the way in women's side, with Ashley Caldwell notching the biggest score of 103.68 points by stomping the only triple flip of the night. The Australian team brought all the four athletes to the finals after the qualifying round, led by reigning world champion Laura Peel. Chinese Xu Mengtao, 2013 world champion and this season's crystal globe winner, was in third place.

Action in the Sierra Nevada world championships will get underway on Friday night at 19:30 CET, and competition will feature a three jump final format that will begin with a field of 12 men and 12 ladies that will be whittled down to nine athletes for jump two, and finally to just six skiers in one jump super final.


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