Safonova leads women’s event, Gumennik leads men’s event after short program in Kazakhstan

Viktoriia Safonova at the 2021 Nebelhorn Trophy on September 23, 2021 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

This week, Kazakhstan hosts the fifth of the 2021-2022 figure skating season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series events – the 2021 Denis Ten Memorial Challenge. After the first day, Belarussian representative Viktoriia Safonova leads the women’s competition while Russia’s Petr Gumennik is the leader among the men.

Bronze medalist at the Nebelhorn Trophy in September and winner of Ice Star earlier in October, Safonova began her performance with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and then landed a double axel and a triple flip. The Moscow-born 18-year-old athlete received a score of 66.67 points for the presentation.

Below video has no audio; Safonova skates to Time to Say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli:

Ukrainian representative Anastasiia Shabotova opened her short program routine with a triple axel – the attempt was deemed a quarter under-rotated by the judges. Skating to a mix of Carol of the Bells by Tommee Profitt and Shchedryk by Mykola Leontovych, the Moscow-born 15-year-old figure skater later landed a triple flip and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. Shabotova received a score of 63.92 points for her performance and is currently in second place.

Another Moscow-born performer, this time representing Azerbaijan, Ekaterina Ryabova landed her opening triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination and later completed a double axel and a triple flip. The 18-year-old received a score of 63.77 points and is third after the short program.

Results after short program:

  1. Viktoriia Safonova (BLR) – 66.14
  2. Anastasiia Shabotova (UKR) – 63.92
  3. Ekaterina Ryabova (AZE) – 63.77
  4. Emmi Peltonen (FIN) – 53.71
  5. Alexandra Feigin (BUL) – 51.98
  6. Nargiz Süleymanova (GER) – 49.98
  7. Kristina Isaev (GER) – 47.63
  8. Yasmin Tekik (KAZ) – 36.96
  9. Maïa Mazzara (FRA) – 34.27
  10. Anastassiya Lobanova (KAZ) – 32.78
  11. Bagdana Rakhishova (KAZ) – 32.06

Judges’ Scores


Petr Gumennik at the 2021-2022 Russian national test skates. (Photo by Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty Images)

Skating to Leave a Light On by Tom Walker, bronze medalist at last year’s Rostelecom Cup and silver medalist at the 2021-2022 Cup of Russia Final – 19-year-old Petr Gumennik began his short program with a quad Salchow-triple toe loop combination. The St. Petersburg native also successfully landed a quad toe loop and then completed a triple axel. Gumennik earned a new personal best short program score of 91.84 points which is more than his previous official best score of 80.99 points from the 2019-2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Italy.

Bronze medalist at the Nebelhorn Trophy, who earned the Figure Skating Federation of Russia a third spot in the men’s event at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Mark Kondratiuk fell on his opening quad Lutz attempt but later successfully completed a triple axel and a quad Salchow-double toe loop combination. The 18-year-old figure skater who was third at Russian National Championships last year received a score of 84.79 points for his presentation.

2019 Estonian national champion Mikhail Selevko did not attempt a quad but successfully completed all three of his jumping sequences – a triple flip, a triple axel, and a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination. The 18-year-old athlete earned a score of 78.80 points and is in third place after the short program.

Results after short program:

  1. Petr Gumennik (RUS) – 91.84
  2. Mark Kondratiuk (RUS) – 84.79
  3. Mihhail Selevko (EST) – 78.80
  4. Ivan Shmuratko (UKR) – 76.94
  5. Andrei Mozalev (RUS) – 72.76
  6. Nika Egadze (GEO) – 69.65
  7. Georgii Reshtenko (CZE) – 68.37
  8. Aleksandr Selevko (EST) – 67.52
  9. Valtter Virtanen (FIN) – 64.39
  10. Mikhail Shaidorov (KAZ) – 57.45
  11. Dias Jirenbayev (KAZ) – 52.63
  12. Rakhat Bralin (KAZ) – 50.75

Judges’ Scores

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