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Belarus Hosts Aerials World Cup On 25 February (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Olympic Sport Complex Raubichi near Minsk hosted Aerial FIS World Cup Final on Saturday, 25 February. 

About 70 athletes from Australia, Belarus, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, Canada, China, Russia, USA, Ukraine, Switzerland and Japan participated in the Minsk stage.

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Minsk aerials World Cup. Photo: fis-ski.com

The action started with qualifications at 9:15 (ladies) and 11:25 (men) with the finals following right after at 13:30 (all local times).

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Minsk aerials World Cup. Photo: fis-ski.com

In the ladies’ competition the gold went to Australian Lydia Lassila (97.64 points). Her teammate Daniele Scott ranked second (94.47), the third place went to China’s Xu Mengtao (91.29).

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The best of Belarusian athletes Alexandra Romanovskaya finished 10th in Final 1.

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Alexandra Romanovskaya. Photo: BelTA

On the men’s side, Chinese sportsmen dominated the podium. 21-year-old Xindi Wang (118.14 points) managed to beat his more famous teammates – two-time world champion Qi Guangpu (117.19 points) and Zhou Hang (113.12 points).

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Quite interestingly, the Chinese trio was followed by four freestylers from the U.S. in the final standings.

Sochi 2014 Olympic gold medalist Anton Kushnir from Belarus had to miss the Minsk stage as he is currently undergoing a health checkup to be fully recovered and ready to perform for the national team.

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People cheering for athletes at the Olympic Sport Complex Raubichi. Photo: BelTA

Aerials athletes are wrapping up their World Cup season with a competition in Moscow over the next weekend, before everyone heads to World Championships in Sierra Nevada to kick off competition there in the first week of March.