Japan’s Ikuma Horishima inflicted the first dual moguls defeat of the season on Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Freestyle Ski World Cup in Almaty.
Horishima, who took bronze in the opening dual moguls event of 2019-20, prevailed today in the third of a sequence of five scheduled races, pushing the Canadian into the silver medal position in their final.
Bronze in the men’s event at the Kazakh venue of Shymbulak went to Kingsbury’s compatriot Laurent Dumais.
Horishima, on 615 points, is second behind Kingsbury in the moguls standings, with the Canadian currently on 840.
Watch USA’s Jaelin Kauf take her first World Cup victory in 2019/20 after edging out Australia’s Jakara Anthony in the women’s dual moguls final matchup at Shymbulak (KAZ) 👏 #moguls pic.twitter.com/DW3TVa34hl— FISfreestyle (@FISfreestyle) March 1, 2020
Kingsbury also tops the overall Freestyle World Cup men’s standings with 93.33 points ahead of fellow Canadian Noah Bowman, who has 73.00, and Aaron Blunck of the United States, who is on 72.00.
In the women’s event Jaelin Kauf of the United States earned her first World Cup win of the season, with silver going to Jakara Anthony.
Third place kept France’s Perrine Laffont in a dominant position both in the moguls standings, where she has 796 points and second-placed Anthony has 484, and the overall standings, where she has 88.44 points, with Sweden’s Sandra Naslund second on 77.73.