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Uemura notches second World Cup victory of season; Ito third

Kyodo

Aiko Uemura won the women’s moguls final to collect her second World Cup title of the season at a freestyle meet in Norway on Friday.

Uemura topped the heats and went on to win the final with 27.12 points to add to the title she won in Mont Gabriel, Canada in January.

Nikola Sudova of the Czech Republic was second with 25.37, and was followed in third by Miki Ito, who scored 24.78 to make the medals podium for the first time.

“It’s a really even course but I was still able to generate speed,” said Uemura. “I realized how important it is to stay calm today.”

Victory was Uemura’s ninth overall on the World Cup circuit and provided a timely boost ahead of the freestyle world championships being held on home soil in Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture early next month.

Nagano Olympics gold medalist Tae Satoya made the final after being eliminated in the heats in the previous two World Cup events but finished last.