17-year-old Evgeny Semenenko maintained his lead from the short program to win the men’s event at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Kazan.
Leader after the short program by over five points against the nearest competitor, 17-year-old Semenenko began his free skate with a good quad Salchow. Performing the routine to music from Notre Dame de Paris, he fell on the subsequent quad toe loop attempt but completed the next triple axel-triple toe loop combination and triple loop. Semenenko held on to a triple axel in the second half of the routine and then landed a triple flip-Euler-triple Salchow combination. Alexei Mishin’s skater, who finished fourth at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow, received a total competition score of 264.38 points this time and took first place
Seventh after the short program, 2020 World Junior champion Andrei Mozalev began his free skate performance with a shaky quad flip attempt. He followed that up with a successful quad toe loop-double toe loop combination and a triple loop. Skating to The Man With the Harmonica, the 17-year-old from St. Petersburg improved as the routine evolved – he landed a quad toe loop, a triple axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple axel, and a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination in the second half of the performance. Second at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi, Mozalev received the highest free skate score of 182.80 points and a total competition score of 257.35 points in Kazan to rise to second position.
20-year-old Makar Ignatov, from St. Petersburg, landed his opening quad loop and then a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination. Skating to the French song Je suis malade, Ignatov fell on his third quad attempt – a quad toe loop. Third after the short program, he earned a total competition score of 247.69 points and did enough to win the bronze medal.
Fourth over at the third stage of the Cup of Russia series in Sochi, Ilya Yablokov attempted a quad toe loop at the start of his free skate routine. One of the skaters performing to music from Notre Dame de Paris, Yablokov had a tight landing on a triple loop attempt and then a better try at a triple axel-double toe loop combination, as well as the next triple Lutz and a triple axel-triple toe loop combination. The 17-year-old skater earned a total two-day score of 245.43 points.
Former student of Eteri Tutberidze and now training at CSKA, Egor Rukhin landed an opening triple axel-double toe loop combination. He then successfully landed a triple flip, a double axel, and later a triple axel – despite not attempting any quad jumps, all of his jumping sequences were completed throughout the free skate performance. The 16-year-old received a total competition score of 234.90 points.
Former World Junior Championship silver medalist, Roman Savosin fell on his opening quad attempts. Second after a good short program, the 20-year-old struggled in the free skate and dropped in the overall rankings. He earned a total competition result of 234.03 points.
Mark Kondratyuk, who was sixth after the short program, began his free skate routine with a good triple axel. He then held on to both jumps in a quad Salchow-double toe loop combination but fell on the next quad Salchow attempt. A fall in a transition sequence and mistakes on two consecutive rushed jumping sequences in the second half of the performance cost the skater. He received a total competition score of 219.89 points.
Eighth after the short program, Daniil Murzin planned to attempt three quad jumps. He began his free skate with a quad toe loop but fell on the next quad Salchow. Skating to music from Notre Dame de Paris, the young skater struggled on a few jumping sequences but added a quad Salchow-double toe loop combination in the second half of the routine. He earned a score of 216.14 points.
Matvei Gilev landed his free skate program opening triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then triple flip. Skating to Frank Sinatra’s music, the young skater from Perm Krai was ninth after the short program – a respectable outing in Kazan earned him a total score of 191.08 points.
Leonid Sviridenko, who trains with Evgeny Plushenko and Sergei Rozanov, held on to an opening quad Salchow attempt with his hand. A few jumps were unsuccessful but he landed a good triple loop and later a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination – enough to receive a total score of 188.22 points and remain in the top ten.
Eleventh after the short program, Kazan’s local skater Maxim Petrov double-footed his opening triple axel attempt but then landed a good triple flip-triple toe loop combination and a triple Salchow. A mixture of good and bad jumps but a better outing on the second day of the competition, compared to a very tough short program performance the previous day, earned Petrov a total score of 164.77 points.
Alexander Zubov was the first to perform on Monday. The 17-year-old athlete began his free skate program with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Twelfth after a tough short program on the first day of the event, Zubov received a total competition score of 149.26 points.
- Evgeny Semenenko – 264.38
- Andrei Mozalev – 257.35
- Makar Ignatov – 247.69
- Ilya Yablokov – 245.43
- Egor Rukhin – 234.90
- Roman Savosin – 234.03
- Mark Kondratyuk – 219.89
- Daniil Murzin – 216.14
- Matvei Gilev – 191.08
- Leonid Sviridenko – 188.22
- Maxim Petrov – 164.77
- Alexander Zubov – 149.26