Russian pair takes the lead at Worlds after short program

A successful first day of the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships continued in the pairs’ event for the top title contenders representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia. After Anna Shcherbakova took the lead in the ladies’ event earlier in the day, Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii did the same in the later hours.

Last year’s European champions Boikova and Kozlovskii had a wonderful performance to new music, a song named Merry Go Round of Life, from the Japanese animated film Howl’s Moving Castle. The 19-year-old Boikova and 21-year-old Kozlovskii opened their routine with a side-by-side triple Salchow and completed an impressively high triple twist lift and triple flip throw. Record holders of the short program score since last year, the pair once again made it into the eighties and earned a total performance score of 80.16 points.

2018 Olympic silver medalists and two-time World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han made their season’s debut at this competition and are right back where they left off with less than three points behind the leaders. A step out on by Sui on the opening side-by-side triple toe loop cost the pair points but other than that the Chinese skaters had not missed a step. Their program component score of 37.09 points was the highest among all pairs and the defending World champions received a total performance score of 77.62 points to place second after the short program.

Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov have been enjoying a good season on the Russian competition circuit and carried that momentum into the World Championships in Stockholm. The former World Junior champions successfully completed all of the jumping and throwing sequences but just had one minor synchronization issue on a spin. The 19-year-old Mishin and 21-year-old Galliamov received the second highest technical score overall and earned a total short program score of 75.79 points. They are currently in third place.

Three-time World medalists Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov have been dubbed as possibly the main favorites of the competition but did not have the best performance in the short program event. After a confident start and a great triple twist lift, Tarasova was unable to rotate the side-by-side triple toe loop and the element ended up being downgraded for the pair. The Russians also received a one point deduction for time violation, settling for fourth place with a total score of 71.46 points.

The athletes have less than 24 hours to recover and will be back on the ice to battle for medals tomorrow afternoon.

Judges’ scores for the short program can be found here.

Results after the short program:

  1. Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 80.16
  2. Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (China) – 77.62
  3. Anastasia MISHINA / Aleksandr GALLIAMOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 75.79
  4. Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV (Figure Skating Federation of Russia) – 71.46
  5. Cheng PENG / Yang JIN (China) – 71.32
  6. Ashley CAIN-GRIBBLE / Timothy LEDUC (United States) – 64.94
  7. Alexa KNIERIM / Brandon FRAZIER (United States) – 64.67
  8. Riku MIURA / Ryuichi KIHARA (Japan) – 64.37
  9. Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER (Austria) – 64.01
  10. Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO (Canada) – 63.45
  11. Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE (Italy) – 59.95
  12. Evelyn WALSH / Trennt MICHAUD (Canada) – 59.41
  13. Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL (Germany) – 57.48
  14. Anastasiia METELKINA / Daniil PARKMAN (Georgia) – 56.13
  15. Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI (Italy) – 54.70
  16. Elizaveta ZHUK / Martin BIDAR (Czech Republic) – 54.30
  17. Anna VERNIKOV / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI (Israel) – 53.67
  18. Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Mark MAGYAR (Hungary) – 51.21
  19. Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN (France) – 50.99
  20. Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV (Belarus) – 46.20

Did not advance to free skate:

  1. Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU (Croatia) – 44.75
  2. Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA (Netherlands) – 43.12
  3. Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE (France) – 42.12
  4. Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI (Great Britain) – 38.79

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