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Changchun: Wang, Shouldice win aerials; St. Onge fourth

Changchun: Wang, Shouldice win aerials; St. Onge fourth{mosimage}CHANGCHUN, China – Local favorite Wang Jiao of China and Canadian Warren Shouldice shared top honors in the World Cup aerials event Friday in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun.

Wang won the women’s event with a score of 178.48, edging compatriot Zhao Shanshan, who scored 172.67. Third place went to Switzerland’s Evelyne Leu, with 168.58.

American Jana Lindsey finished fifth (161.04) with Emily Cook seventh, Kelly Hilliman 12th and Kate Reed 21st.

Hilliman crashed on her final jump while trying to do a double-full, full (three twists, two flips).

On the men’s side, U.S. aerialists had two top 5s and two other top 10s. Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson finished seventh in the men’s event, yielding the yellow bib as men’s points leader for the first time in nearly a year.

Shouldice won the men’s event with 246.57 points, more than two points ahead of Belarussian Dmitri Dashinski, with Ryan St. Onge fourth and Peterson seventh. Kyle Nissen of Canada, third in the contest, took over as World Cup leader.

After three of 11 events in the women’s aerials, Li Nina of China leads the pack, followed by Alla Tsuper of Belarus and Chinese Xu Nannan.

Nissen tops the men’s section, ahead of Shouldice and Ryan St. Onge of the United States.

Another aerials events will be contested at Changchun’s Lianhuashan Course on Sunday.

– The Associated Press/USSA

World Cup aerials results

1. Warren Shouldice, Canada, 246.57 points
2. Dmitri Dashinski , Belarus, 244.18.
3. Kyle Nissen, Canada, 236.73.
4. Ryan St. Onge, United States, 234.08.
5. Anton Kushnir, Belarus, 227.55.
6. Sen Qiu, China, 219.03.
7. Jeret Peterson, United States, 217.04.
8. Alexei Grishin, Belarus, 215.16.
9. Han Xiaopeng, China, 213.06.
10. Liu Zhongqing, China, 209.35.

World Cup aerials standings
(After 3 of 11 events)

1. Kyle Nissen, Canada, 180 points.
2. Warren Shouldice, Canada, 169.
3. Ryan St. Onge, United States, 168.
4. Jeret Peterson, United States, 168.
5. Qiu Sen, China, 126.

1. Wang Jiao, China, 178.48 points.
2. Zhao Shanshan, China, 172.67.
3. Leu Evelyne, Switzerland, 168.58.
4. Cheng Shuang, China 161.61.
5. Jana Lindsay, United States, 161.04.
6. Assoli Slivets, Belarus, 160.67.
7. Emily Cook, United States, 159.92.
8. Lanie Cole, Australia, 159.77.
9. Elizabeth Gardner, Australia, 159.22.
10. Veronika Bauer, Canada, 158.80.

World Cup aerials standings
(After 3 of 11 events)

1. Li Nina, China, 200 points.
2. Alla Tsuper, Belarus, 154.
3. Xu Nannan, China, 138.
4. Cheng Shuang, China, 132.
5. Oly Slivets, Belarus, 130.

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