Russians Medvedeva, Voronov win singles titles

Mindy Sparks
November 12, 2017

Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva has extended her impressive two-year winning streak after dominating the women's short program at the figure skating Grand Prix event in Osaka, Japan.

Russian newcomer Polina Tsurskaya came third in the first segment of the competition with 70.04 points.

Medvedeva fell on her opening triple flip, which was supposed to be a combinations jump, and two-footed the landing of a triple lutz but nailed the rest of her jumps.

Kostner's performance to "Ne Me Quitte Pas" featured a triple toe-triple toe combination, a triple loop and a double axel.

"I am very sorry to have everyone anxious".

Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russian Federation claimed the NHK Trophy women's title on Saturday, while compatriot Sergei Voronov won the men's championship in the absence of Japanese Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China are favored in the pairs competition.

Russia's Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov came second while their teammates Kristina Astakhova/Alexei Rogonov placed the third.

And 30-year-old Voronov took the opportunity with both hands, recording a season's best 90.06 in the men's short programme to lead the competition.

He appeared to be favoring his right ankle but did not leave practice on Thursday. "Unfortunately their judgment was that I withdraw", Hanyu said in a statement.

Medvedeva, who was first after the short program, recovered from a shaky start in her free skate to "Anna Karenina" and won her second Grand Prix of the season with a total of 224.39 points.

Voronov added a first place in Saturday's free skate to his win in Friday's short program to cruise to victory with 271.12 points. Alexi Bychenko of Israel was second with 85.52 points, while Jason Brown of the United States was third with 85.36.

Fighting for a top-six spot in the series overall to earn a place in December's final, the two-time European medallist insists his age does not affect his skating. The men's, women's and pairs free skate is on Saturday.

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