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Anthony makes Australian women’s moguls history

By on February 7, 2022 0

Jakara Anthony from Australia (Xinhua Photo/Yang Shiyao)

BEIJING – Jakara Anthony won the women’s freestyle skiing moguls event at Genting Snow Park in Chongli, Zhangjiakou on Sunday, becoming the first Australian to win an Olympic gold medal in moguls.

It was also Australia’s first gold medal at Beijing 2022, and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Germany, Japan and New Zealand also picked up their first gold medals at Beijing 2022. Games.

Anthony had a consistent performance throughout his three races and took the win with 83.09 points.

“I’m just over the moon. I’m at a loss for words. It’s an incredible feeling. I really feel like it was my best run on the course and I’m so proud that I was able to let go to ski like that,” the 23-year-old said.

Jaelin Kauf of the US, took the silver medal with 80.28 points and Anastasiia Smirnova of the ROC took the bronze with 77.72.

2018 Olympic champion Perrine Laffont of France and World Cup leader Anri Kawamura of Japan, both heavy favorites, surprisingly finished only fourth and fifth respectively.

Also in Zhangjiakou, Alexander Bolshunov won gold in the men’s 15km + 15km skiathlon for the ROC at the National Cross-Country Skiing Center.

Bolshunov, who won three silver and a bronze at PyeongChang 2018, added a gold medal to his collection in one hour, 16 minutes and 9.8 seconds.

“It’s something incredible. I’m an Olympic champion and it’s for life. Over the past few years I’ve proven that in every race and I’ve always shown remarkable results and always fought until ‘at the end,” the 25-year-old said.

Bolshunov was followed by his compatriot Denis Spitsov, one minute and 11 seconds behind. Finland’s Iivo Niskanen, a three-time Olympian, won the bronze medal in 1:18:10.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi lived up to expectations by winning the men’s individual normal hill event. The 25-year-old, with a dominating performance heading into the Olympics, scored 145.4 points in the first round and claimed victory with a final leap of 99.5 meters.

“Today I only had good feelings when I was playing. I achieved a lot of things that I missed at the last Olympics, so this time I did what I had to do. C That’s why I got the win,” said Kobayashi, who finished seventh. during the PyeongChang 2018 race.

Austria’s Manuel Fettner jumped 104 meters in the final round for silver and Poland’s Dawid Kubacki finished third.

Johannes Ludwig of Germany notched his first personal Olympic gold medal in men’s singles luge with a combined time of three minutes and 48.735 seconds over the four runs, 0.160 seconds faster than Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl.

Leading all lugers after the first two runs on Saturday, Ludwig’s only concern was staying focused.

“I was very relaxed before this race. When I woke up this morning I had slept for seven hours and it felt good,” said Ludwig, who won a bronze medal at the PyeongChang Games there. four years ago.

Dominik Fischnaller of Italy took the bronze in 3:49.686. German legend Felix Loch finished fourth in 3:49.878 to see his bid for a third singles gold medal fall through.

At the National Speed ​​Skating Oval, reigning world champion Nils Van der Poel of Sweden crossed the finish line in 6 minutes and 8.84 seconds to claim gold in the 5000m men’s with a new Olympic record, also winning Sweden’s second gold medal at Beijing 2022.

European champion Patrick Roest of the Netherlands took silver and his third Olympic medal at 0.47 seconds, while bronze went to Hallgeir Engebraaten of Norway in 6:09.88 .

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott put New Zealand on the medal table with a gold medal in the women’s snowboard slopestyle final, where she scored 92.88 points. Julia Marino of the United States won the silver medal and Tess Coady of Australia came third.

In the men’s slopestyle competition, 17-year-old Chinese Su Yiming got off to a flying start on his Olympic debut, scoring 86.80 points in qualifying to reach the final, where he has the chance to become the first Chinese Olympic medalist in this event.

“I have a positive attitude [towards the finals]”, Su said after the event. “I thought I might be nervous, as this is my first Olympic experience, but supported by my family and the fans, I enjoyed the competition today and will continue to have fun tomorrow,” Su said, adding that he plans to perform more complex tricks in the final.

After Day 2, Norway continues to lead the medal tally with two golds and one bronze, followed by Sweden with one less bronze. The ROC, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Slovenia, China and New Zealand each have a gold medal.

Gusty winds in Yanqing forced the men’s alpine skiing downhill competition to be delayed three times before finally being postponed to Monday, when nine gold medals will be won in alpine skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, figure skating, short track speed skating, ski jumping and speed skating. (Xinhua)