Valieva among winners at Cup of Russia 5th stage

Kamila Valieva

14-year-old Kamila Valieva debuted a new dress and landed two quadruple jumps in her free skate performance to win the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow.

The reigning World Junior champion landed her opening quad toe loop-double toe loop combination and then a quad toe loop. Valieva received a total of seven bonus points for five elements – the two quads and three later spins. The leader after the short program did not attempt a triple axel, as she did in the short program, and rather completed a double axel. She earned a total score of 254.86 points and won her second medal at this season’s Cup of Russia series – having previously won silver at the second stage.

Second after the short program, Sergei Davydov’s student Ksenia Tsibinova was able to maintain the runner-up position. She began her free skate performance with a triple flip and followed that up with a triple Lutz. No falls and just a slight quarter under-rotation on a triple Lutz-Euler-triple Salchow combination earned the young skater a total competition score of 198.44 points.

Moscow-native Anastasia Tarakanova was third after the short program but received the second highest free skate score. The multiple-time medalist on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit began her performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. A greatly improved performance since her last competition – as she placed eighth overall at the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series with a score of 184.85 points – saw a decent increase in the sum of her result. The 16-year-old earned a total competition score of 195.27 points and won the bronze medal.

Ladies, final results

  1. Kamila Valieva – 254.86
  2. Ksenia Tsibinova – 198.44
  3. Anastasia Tarakanova – 195.27
  4. Valeria Kostina – 172.00
  5. Ksenia Okladnikova – 146.49
  6. Daria Okladnikova – 130.14
  7. Daria Parinova – 129.41

The top favorite in the men’s event, Petr Gumennik, also found a way to win a gold medal at the empty-seated Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow. The 18-year-old landed two quad Salchows and was the only man to earn a total program component score in the eighties to edge out the win against his closest opponent. Only third after the short program, Gumennik received a total competition score of 247.14 points to jump to the top.

16-year-old Egor Rukhin was second after the short program and managed to win the silver medal despite Gumennik’s improvement. The young Russian opened his free skate performance with a quad toe loop and a quad toe loop, before landing a triple axel in the first half of the routine. Rukhin earned a total competition score of 246.49 points and missed out on the victory by less than a point.

Leader after the short program, Alexey Erokhov had a tough outing on the second day of the competition. The 21-year-old former World Junior champion fell on his opening quad Salchow and later popped an axel attempt. He managed to complete a quad Salchow-double toe loop combination and completed the remaining triple jumps to earn a total competition score of 226.76 points.

Men, final results

  1. Petr Gumennik – 247.14
  2. Egor Rukhin – 246.49
  3. Alexey Erokhov – 226.76
  4. Artem Zotov – 205.69
  5. Vladislav Katichev – 181.51

Just like the ladies’ event, the pairs’ event had a clear favorite for first place. Following the withdrawal of two of the top Russian couples, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandra Galliamov took advantage of the opportunity to show off their superior skills. Skating to music by Queen, Mishina landed a triple Lutz throw and a triple loop throw, and both of the skater landed the side-by-side triple Salchow-Euler-triple Salchow combination and later a triple toe loop. They earned a total competition result of 232.47 points.

Silver medalists at the first stage of the Cup of Russia series, Ksenia Akhantieva and Valerii Kolesov earned a total competition score of 184.58 points and took silver again. Bronze medalists at the same first stage of the series, Anastasia Balabanova and Aleksei Svyatchenko won bronze again with a total score of 174.25 points.

Pairs, final results

  1. Anastasia Mishina / Aleksandr Galliamov – 232.47
  2. Ksenia Akhantieva / Valerii Kolesov – 184.58
  3. Anastasia Balabanova / Aleksei Svyatchenko – 174.25
  4. Diana Mukhametzianova / Ilya Mironov – 172.02
  5. Maria Alkhova / Sergei Bezborodko – 141.16

Winners of the fourth stage of the Cup of Russia series and bronze medalists at last month’s Rostelecom Cup, Anastasia Skoptsova and Kirill Aleshin delivered two strong performances in Moscow this weekend. The 2018 World Junior champions skated to music from Fifty Shades of Grey and celebrated a dominant figure with a total competition score of 204.98 points.

Bronze medalists at the first stage of the Cup of Russia series, Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko earned a total competition score of 190.82 points and were the only couple close to the winners. Bronze medalists at the second stage of the series, Sofia Kartashova and Ilya Karpov were third again with a total competition result of 138.76 points.

Ice dance, final results

  1. Anastasia Skoptsova / Kirill Aleshin – 204.98
  2. Sofia Shevchenko / Igor Eremenko – 190.82
  3. Sofia Kartashova / Ilya Karpov – 138.76
  4. Vladlena Chashnikova / Zakhar Cherezov – 119.19
  5. Aleksandra Trukhina / Ivan Kapustin – 100.48

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