Bleiler first in World Cup standings
BARDONECCHIA, Italy – Americans Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler finished 1-2 in a half-pipe final Friday in World Cup snowboarding.Among the men, World Cup leader Risto Mattila of Finland beat countryman Antti Autti, with Michael Goldsmith of the United States third.Clark beat Bleiler 42.3 points to 42.2, followed by Australia’s Torah Jane Bright at 38.6. Bleiler, who won Thursday, moved to first in the World Cup standings with 1,800 points. France’s Doriane Vidal took second (1,650) and Japan’s Mero Narita (1,590) slipped from first to third.Mattila won 45.0 to 43.5 points, reversing places with Autti from the previous day’s half-pipe final that made up for the races called off at Morzine-Avoriaz, France. Goldsmith had 41.0 points.Mattila consolidated his lead after three of nine events, compiling 2,060 points. Autti held second at 1,815 and Japan’s Domu Narita was third at 1,120.
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