Boyang Jin defends Cup of China title

Boyang Jin (Photo by Lintao Zhang/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Two-time World Championship bronze medalist and last year’s winner of the Cup of China, Boyang Jin landed three quads and defended his title in a non-traditional all-Chinese stage of this season’s ISU Grand Prix series.

Leader after the short program, Jin began his free skate performance with a quad Lutz and a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination. After a triple axel-Euler-triple Salchow combination, the 23-year-old landed a shaky quad toe loop and later fell on a triple Lutz-triple toe loop. The most difficult program among all of the competitors – over twenty points higher in base value compared to the other medalists – the fourth place winner at the 2018 Winter Olympics received 186.95 points for the free skate and took his fifth career Cup of China medal with a total competition score of 290.89 points.

Two-time Olympian and three-time bronze medalist at the Four Continents Championship, Han Yan did not attempt any quads but received the highest total program component score for his free skate – 90.18 points – and won a second consecutive Cup of China silver medal. Yan opened his performance with a great triple axel-triple toe loop combination and a triple Lutz. Slight errors on the edge of two triple flips at different parts of the routine was the only harsher mistake, as a good showing earned the 24-year-old 172.25 points for the free skate and an overall competition score of 264.81 points.

16-year-old Chinese Junior National champion Yudong Chen started his free skate with a triple axel and then a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination. An under-rotation on a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and a tight landing on his final double axel attempt was enough to earn 150.47 points for the performance and a total competition score of 226.21 points for a bronze medal.

Men’s final results:

  1. Boyang JIN (China) – 290.89
  2. Han YAN (China) – 264.81
  3. Yudong CHEN (China) – 226.21
  4. He ZHANG (China) – 209.74
  5. Zhiming PENG (China) – 196.28
  6. Juwen XU (China) – 178.00
Hongyi Chen (Photo by Lintao Zhang/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Hongyi Chen maintained commanding control of the ladies’ event to capture her first ISU Grand Prix series medal. The 18-year-old from Beijing, who led by nearly fifteen points after the short program, opened her free skate routine with a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination. She then landed a triple toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, and a triple Lutz. Shaky landings on a triple flip-double toe loop combination and a popped axel attempt cost Chen a few points but she was the only lady to receive a total program component score in the fifties – 59.33 points – and received a free skate program score of 121.90 points, and a total competition score of 186.53 points.

Former U.S. representative Angel Li kept the silver medal position and even extended her advantage over third place on the second day of the competition. She began her performance with two combinations – a triple Lutz-double toe loop and a triple toe loop-double toe loop – before a fall on a triple Lutz attempt. Li didn’t lose focus and landed another triple-double combination, two double axels, and a double Lutz on her way to a nice debut representing China at this level.

Minzhi Jin began her free skate with a triple toe loop-double toe loop combination. She singled a Salchow attempt after a triple toe loop but completed the remaining double jumps without any negative grades of execution. Her free skate program result was fourth by less than a point behind Siyang Zhang – 87.68 points – but was enough to clinch the bronze medal with an overall competition result of 135.43 points.

Ladies’ final results:

  1. Hongyi CHEN (China) – 186.53
  2. Angel LI (China) – 148.33
  3. Minzhi JIN (China) – 135.43
  4. Siyang ZHANG (China) – 128.20
  5. Lu ZHENG (China) – 86.28
Cheng Peng and Yang Jin (Photo by Lintao Zhang/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

Last season’s silver medalists at the ISU Grand Prix Final, the pair of Cheng Peng and Yang Jin won their first Cup of China gold medal together with a total competition score of 223.90 points. With just three couples in the event, Yuchen Wang and Yihang Huang held on to the silver medal position with a total score of 175.40 points, and Daizifei Zhu and Yuhang Liu won the bronze medals with 140.37 points.

Pairs’ final results:

  1. Cheng PENG / Yang JIN (China) – 223.90
  2. Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG (China) – 175.40
  3. Daizifei ZHU / Yuhang LIU (China) – 140.37
Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu (Photo by Lintao Zhang/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

2018 Olympians and multiple-time Chinese National champions Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu won their first career ISU Grand Prix series medal in Chongqing. Leaders after the rhythm dance, the ice dance couple extended their lead after the free dance with a program score of 122.61 points for an overall competition result of 206.84 points.

Third-year couple Hong Chen and Zhuoming Sun maintained second place with a free dance score of 115.69 points and an overall competition score of 192.26 points. The bronze medals went to 20-year-old Wanqi Ning and 24-year-old Chao Wang. They received a free dance score of 102.83 points and a total competition score of 171.90 points.

Ice dance final results:

  1. Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU (China) – 206.84
  2. Hong CHEN / Zhuoming SUN (China) – 192.26
  3. Wanqi NING / Chao WANG (China) – 171.90
  4. Yuzhu GUO / Pengkun ZHAO (China) – 162.36
  5. Yufei LIN / Zijian GAO (China) – 142.33

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