Five of six podium places for host nation China in second aerial World Cup event

23 December 2009 13:39

The Chinese men took the top two spots in the second of two FIS aerial World Cup events held before their home audience, and this with huge scores. Zongyang Jia won in 253.77, with Guangpu Qi second in 250.28. Saturday's winner, Anton Kushnir of Belarus, was third in 246.48.

Reigning men's aerial World Cup champion Steve Omischl (CAN) was kicking himself for not finishing on the podium in the second FIS World Cup aerial action in Changchun Sunday.

Omischl led the field after the first round, but didn't generate enough in-run speed on his second jump, and slipped to fourth overall. "Today was very disappointing. I'm quite upset with myself," said Omischl, 31. "I was in a good position to be on the podium, but I didn't trust my speed enough and didn't take that step up (the in-run to get more speed). It's not what I'm capable of. I think I'm taking a step in the right direction, but you don't want to leave anything on the table, even if it's early season."

The Chinese swept the podium in the women's aerials final.

Mengtao Xu took a commanding first-round lead en route to winning easily. Her score was 207.78, to 179.76 for second-place Xinxin Guo. Xin Zhang was third.

The competitions were held in cold conditions of -15 C˚ and a slight wind that made the wind-chill about -20˚C.