Bloom, Cabral 1-2; Bahrke second in Japan |

Bloom, Cabral 1-2; Bahrke second in Japan

USSA and Tribune reports

MADARAO, Japan — Travis Cabral of South Lake Tahoe nearly won his fourth World Cup of the season Sunday.

However, it was roommate Jeremy Bloom’s turn to keep their string of one of them winning for the four straight World Cup event.

Bloom, who won the world dual moguls gold medal and silver in the moguls event at the 2003 World Championships three weeks ago at Utah’s Deer Valley, edged Cabral by .17 of a point. He sat out a competition won by Cabral a week ago because of a sore knee in Inawashiro, Japan, but he came back blazing Sunday to win with 28.00 points. Cabral was second at 27.83.

With Luke Westerlund of Breckenridge, Colo., finishing fourth, the Americans placed five in the top 10.

Despite the runner-up finish, Cabral slipped to second in the World Cup moguls standings as Canadian Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau capped a big weekend with a third in singles. He won Friday’s duals and now leads Cabral by eight points.

South Lake Tahoe’s Chris Hernandez tied for 29th.

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In the women’s competition, Shannon Bahrke of Tahoe City finished runner-up to Austrian Margarita Marbler on Sunday as four Americans placed in the top 10.

Marbler, who took the opening event of the season in Tignes, France, received 26.86 points from the judges while Bahrke preserved her World Cup lead by placing second at 26.35.

Shelly Robertson of Reno was ninth at 25.12 and Laurel Shanley of Squaw Valley came in 20th.

Defending World Cup champion Kari Traa of Norway was third. She and Bahrke have identical World Cup points, but Bahrke holds the World Cup lead — with one contest remaining March 1-2 in Czechoslovakia — on a tiebreaker formula.

Bahrke was sixth in Friday’s duals, while Robertson tied for ninth.