Abramenko makes history for Ukraine, wins aerials

Abramenko makes history for Ukraine, wins aerials

Oleksandr Abramenko has won Olympic freestyle skiing gold for Ukraine in the men's aerials competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Ukrainian skier Oleksandr Abramenko competes to win the men's aerials final during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea on February 18.

China's Jia Zongyang earned the silver medal and Ilia Burov of the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) team took the bronze.

Once the field was reduced to the final six, the tension was palpable as each athlete took their final jump.

The Ukrainian skier got a score of 128.51.

The 29-year-old registered a score of 128.51 points in the third and last stage of the final at Phoenix Park.


I'm really happy about this, it's the first medal in freestyle skiing for Ukraine, so I'm just really happy.

The result in South Korea means Belarus has failed to secure a medal in the event for the first time since 1994.

The sole survivor from the podium in Sochi was Jia but he was left disappointed not to claim China's first aerials gold since 2006.

"It's really unbelievable", Abramenko said. "I don't believe right now that I've won gold", said Abramenko, who clinched the medal with a back full-full-double full jump.

While he was talking to reporters, Abramenko's mobile phone rang constantly with friends and family wanting to speak to the new Olympic champion.

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