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Japanese wunderkind Kokomo Murase won the bronze medal in the women’s snowboard big air event on Tuesday at the Beijing Olympics, with veteran Anna Gasser of Austria defending her gold with an incredible final jump.

Murase was the only one of three Japanese in the final at the Big Air Shougang venue to reach the podium, with two excellent jumps giving her 171.50 points. The 17-year-old became the youngest female Japanese athlete to win a medal at the Winter Olympics.

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