Semenenko leads the men after the short program in Kazan

17-year-old Evgeny Semenenko, from Alexei Mishin’s school, delivered the best short program at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia in Kazan and received the top score.

Skating to the Russian song Gorod kotorogo net (A Town That Doesn’t Exist), Semenenko began his short program with a quad Salchow and then landed a triple axel. He landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination to complete a very strong routine, and received a high score of 96.00 points for first place.

20-year-old former World Junior silver medalist Roman Savosin landed his opening quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination. He then completed a quad Salchow and a triple axel. He received a total short program score of 90.88 points and is in second place.

Fourth at last season’s Russian Nationals, Makar Ignatov opened his short program with a quad loop and then a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination. Unfortunately, he fell on a triple axel attempt in the second half of the routine. The 20-year-old figure skater from St. Petersburg received a short program score of 89.14 points. He is currently in third position.

Fourth overall at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi, Ilya Yablokov began his performance with a quad toe loop and followed that up with a triple axel. A triple Lutz-triple toe loop at the end of the routine earned the 17-year-old skater a total short program score of 86.57 points. He is fourth after the first day of the competition.

Mark Kondratyuk began his performance with a triple axel attempt, and later a quad Salchow. Both of the first jumps were landed but received negative grades of execution. He managed to hang on to a tripe Lutz-double toe loop combination and received a score of 75.43 points. He is fifth heading into the free skate.

Egor Rukhin, who trains at CSKA, opened his short program performance with a nice triple axel. He also landed a triple flip and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. The 16-year-old who previously trained with Eteri Tutberidze at Khrustalny received a total short program score of 81.28 points.

2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev opened his short program with a quad flip but fell on the attempt. He then attempted a quad toe loop-double toe loop combination, and later somehow held on to a triple axel. The 17-year-old from St. Petersburg received a score of 74.55 points. He is in seventh place after the short program performance.

Skating to music from Notre Dame de Paris, Daniil Murzin fell on his opening quad toe loop attempt but landed his next quad Salchow-double toe loop combination. He again fell on a triple axel attempt, and earned a score of 67.95 points.

Matvei Gilev was the first skater to perform. He began his short program with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. He also landed a double axel and a triple flip. The 18-year-old received a total performance score of 66.02 points.

Leonid Sviridenko had a difficult outing in Kazan. He fell on his first quad attempt – a quad Salchow – and popped an axel; the figure skater from St. Petersburg made an error on the last jumping sequence as well but all in all landed the triple Lutz-triple toe lop combination. He received a total short program score of 62.85 points.

Kazan’s local skater Maxim Petrov attempt a triple axel to open his short program routine. He then held on to a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, but later fell on a triple Lutz attempt. A difficult performance gave Petrov a score of 57.29 points.

17-year-old Alexander Zubov landed a double Lutz to start his short program, which has a zero-point base value, but then successfully completed a triple toe loop-triple toe loop combination and a double axel. He received a total segment score of 50.28 points.

Results after short program:

  1. Evgeny Semenenko – 96.00
  2. Roman Savosin – 90.88
  3. Makar Ignatov – 89.14
  4. Ilya Yablokov – 86.57
  5. Egor Rukhin – 81.28
  6. Mark Kondratyuk – 75.54
  7. Andrei Mozalev – 74.55
  8. Daniil Murzin – 67.95
  9. Matvei Gilev – 66.02
  10. Leonid Sviridenko – 62.85
  11. Maxim Petrov – 57.29
  12. Alexander Zubov – 50.28

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