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Snowboarding: Japan's Totsuka finishes 3rd in men's halfpipe

ASPEN, Colorado (Kyodo) -- Japan's 16-year-old Yuto Totsuka finished third in men's halfpipe Saturday at the snowboard World Cup event in the United States.

    Totsuka scored 94.50 points in the event won by American superstar Shaun White, who nailed a perfect 100 to secure his place at the Pyeongchang Games in South Korea. Australia's Scotty James was second with 96.25.

    Totsuka is off to a great first season on the World Cup circuit, with three podium finishes in three starts beginning with his victory on debut last September.

    In the women's halfpipe, Hikaru Oe was the closest Japanese rider to the podium in fifth with 77.00 points. Spain's Queralt Castellet won with 91.50.

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