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Lassila wins bronze in aerials final

By AAP .
15 February 2014 05:33AM EST

AUSTRALIAN defending champion Lydia Lassila has won bronze in the final of the women's aerials competition at the Winter Olympics after crashing while trying to land a quad twisting triple somersault.

Alla Tsuper of Belaru shocked the favourites in her fifth Games.

The Belarussian had never before won a medal in four previous attempts and was ranked only 13th in the World Cup standings.

Yet the 34-year-old was the only athlete to land perfectly in the final four shoot out and she edged out world champion Xu Mengtao of China into silver.

Tsuper's gold medal ensured this would be the most successful Winter Games in Belarus's history.

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