Os­mond, Jin lead in Bei­jing

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Canada’s Kaet­lyn Os­mond and China’s own Jin Boyang took the lead on the first day of the Cup of China on Fri­day, the penul­ti­mate heat of the ISU Grand Prix of fig­ure skat­ing.

Both now edge closer to se­cur­ing places for next month’s grand final. Os­mond landed all jumps cleanly and with a sense of ease, end­ing her crowd-pleas­ing pro­gramme with a know­ing change foot com­bi­na­tion spin, earn­ing 72.20, a cou­ple of points be­low her sea­son best of 74.33 at Skate Canada.

The 20-year-old 2014 Win­ter Olympic team sil­ver medal­ist said sim­ply of her per­for­mance “there’s a cou­ple small things I wish I could change”.

At the end of the first day there was ev­ery­thing to play for among the women with scores close in the stand­ings. Os­mond has a slim mar­gin over Rus­sia’s Elena Ra­dionova on 70.75 and Ja­pan’s Mai Mi­hara in third place with her sea­son best 68.48. Af­ter show­ing off dur­ing the warm up, World Cham­pi­onship bronze win­ner Jin, 19, gave a flam­boy­ant per­for­mance to the Spiderman theme, land­ing a quadru­ple lutz and high quadru­ple toeloop to rap­tur­ous ap­plause.

His 96.17 score was over 20 points above his sea­son best (72.93) and gave him a huge 12.70 point mar­gin over Daniel Samo­hin in sec­ond place with his sea­son best de­spite a point de­duc­tion at 83.47. The Is­raeli was in turn just 0.06 points ahead of third placed Pa­trick Chan of Canada on 83.41.

Chan was on track to clean up but a hand on the floor com­ing out the triple axle cost him. Jin’s pro­gramme got the night’s only stand­ing ova­tion as spec­ta­tors waved Spiderman ban­ners and hurled Spiderman toys. The first skater to per­form a quadru­ple Lutz-triple toeloop com­bi­na­tion at an ISU com­pe­ti­tion, at last year’s Cup of China, Jin has even more am­bi­tious plans for to­mor­row’s free skate. Af­ter­wards, he said his per­for­mance had been “re­ally not bad” and that he had worked hard af­ter Skate Amer­ica.

Canada’s two time na­tional cham­pi­ons Kait­lyn Weaver and An­drew Poje led in the Ice Dance cat­e­gory with their sea­son best 73.78, just 0.55 ahead of sec­ond place sis­ter and brother pair Maia and Alex Shibu­tani of the United States on 73.23.

Weaver and Poje got bronze in the pre­vi­ous Rost­ele­com Cup round in Rus­sia and Weaver ob­served, “there were a cou­ple of mi­nor mistakes to­day, we’re get­ting the bugs out”. The Pairs cat­e­gory was sim­i­larly close, but with strong home rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Lead­ing the stand­ings were home team Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao on 72.49 for their un­der­stated and ethe­real per­for­mance with per­fect triple twist lift, throw triple loop and re­verse lasso lift.

The cou­ple only be­came a team ear­lier this year af­ter their as­so­ci­a­tion re-paired them with the two skaters who make up to­day’s third place pair, Peng Cheng and Jin Yang (69.93) com­pet­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally for the first time. Be­tween, in sec­ond place, were Canada’s Li­ubov Ilyushechk­ina and Dy­lan Moscov­itch (71.28).

Medals and places in the final will be de­cided by the free skates tonight. —AFP


BEI­JING: Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu of China per­form dur­ing the ice dance free dance at the Ice Dance short dance at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Fig­ure Skat­ing in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.


BEI­JING: Elena Ra­dionova (C) of Rus­sia cel­e­brates win­ning the gold medal of the ladies free skat­ing on the podium as she stands next to Kaet­lyn Os­mond (L) of Canada who won sil­ver and El­iza­veta Tuk­tamy­sheva who took bronze at the Ice Dance short dance at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Fig­ure Skat­ing in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.

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