Otsuka scoops first World Cup gold in China

Otsuka scoops first World Cup gold in China
By Sportsbeat

21/12/2018 at 18:15

Takeru Otsuka claimed his first ever FIS Snowboard World Cup win as Japan dominated the slopestyle season-opener in China.

Takeru Otsuka claimed his first ever FIS Snowboard World Cup win as Japan dominated the slopestyle season-opener in China.

The rising Japanese star began his 2018/19 season by winning junior world championship golds in the big air and slopestyle and continued his good run of form into the Secret Garden event. Otsuka topped the men's table with a score of 87.10, with clear daylight between the impressive 17-year-old and second-placed Niklas Matsson (80.21), who had qualified in pole position at the venue that will serve as the playing field for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. Making up the podium was Russia's Vlad Khadarin (75.50), while American riders Lyon Farrell and Ryan Stassel could only muster fifth and sixth place finishes respectively.

And it was double-delight for the Japanese as they dominated the ladies podium after Miyabi Onitsuka (86.20) stole a march on her compatriot, Reira Iwabuchi (85.21) to clinch gold.

The 2015 slopestyle world champion ensured that Japan would take home the bragging rights as French rider Lucile Lefevre (70.56) took third ahead of Sarka Panchocova of the Czech Republic - the rest of the final standings table was made up of four Chinese riders.

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