Li Zhonglin bags China's first medal at Winter Universiade in Russia
Defending champion Li Zhonglin scored 87.77 points to take the silver medal in the freestyle skiing men's aerials on Sunday, giving China its first medal at the 29th Winter University Games in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
Maxim Burov of Russia took the gold with 119.91 points and his compatriot Ruslan Katmanov got the bronze.
The 20-year-old Li, who won the event two years ago in Kazakhstan's Almaty, faced a tough challenge from the home skiers on Sunday. Li delivered two stable jumps, while Burov completed more difficult jumps to take the title.
The 20-year-old world champion Burov was prominent enough for the gold as he staged two most difficult jumps with a perfect finish in both.
Chinese Guo Ziming finished his first jump with 93.93 points for the second place. However, his final jump resulted in a defective landing.
In the women's aerials, Aliaksandra Ramanouskaya from Belarus claimed the gold with 100.29 points. Liubov Nikitina of Russia and Zhanbota Aldabergenova of Kazakhstan had the silver and bronze respectively.
(Top image: Silver medalist Li Zhonglin of China, 3rd right, and gold medalist Maxim Burov, 2nd right, bronze medalist Ruslan Katmanov, both from Russia, celebrate their wins with the official mascot U-Laika after the freestyle skiing men's aerials final at the 29th Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, March 3, 2019. /VCG Photo)