The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2010 continued in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Wednesday with the Pairs Free Skating.
Sui/Han skate to Pairs Gold
Wenjing Sui/Cong Han of China skated to the gold in the Pairs event. Japan’s Narumi Takahashi/Mervin Tran claimed the silver and the bronze medal went to Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov of Russia.
Sui/Han put down a dynamic performance to the “City Lights” Charlie Chaplin movie soundtrack. They opened with a side by side double Axel-double Axel sequence and a big throw quadruple Salchow, but she two-footed the landing. The ISU Junior Final Grand Prix Champions also hit a triple twist, a throw triple flip and were awarded a level four for the spins, the death spiral and the two lifts. They posted a new personal best score with 109.77 points (60.73 element score/49.04 program component score) and overall won the title in their debut at Junior Worlds with 170.71 points. Sui/Han are the second Chinese pair to win the ISU World Junior Championships after Dan Zhang/Hao Zhang, who were Champions in 2001 and 2003. “We are pleased with our performance and especially happy that we were able to show the quadruple throw, which is a very difficult element”, Han said. “There were a few little mistakes, but overall we think it was good. The quad throw is hard to do and we’ve worked together with our coach (Bo Luan) step by step in practice to be able to put it out in competition”, he went on.
Takahashi/Tran’s routine to “Butterfly Lovers” was highlighted by a double Axel, a high double twist. A throw triple Salchow and difficult spins and lifts. The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalists earned 97.69 points and added another silver medal to their collection with a total of 157.23 points. Takahashi/Tran are the second pair team from Japan to win a medal at Junior Worlds. Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Markuntsov took the silver back in 2001. “We’re happy with our performance. It’s a lot better than the other two Junior Worlds we have done. It wasn’t clean-clean, but basically clean, so we are happy about that. It’s great to finish the season like this”, Tran told the post-event press conference. “It was not the best performance tonight, but I’m happy, because there was no big mistake”, Takahashi added.
Skating to oriental music, Stolbova/Klimov landed a double twist, a throw triple toe and throw triple Salchow, but she fell on the second jump in the triple toeloop-double Axel sequence. The couple from St. Petersburg got 91.09 points, establishing a new personal best for themselves, and remained in third place at 145.35 points. “Today not all our elements worked out, and so we were not able to fight for the highest spots on the podium, but we are happy to have held on to third place. This is basically our biggest success so far, our first international success”, Klimov commented.
Tatiana Novik/Mikhail Kuznetsov (RUS) moved up from fifth to fourth at 139.63 points. They completed a rarely seen side by side triple loop. Britney Simpson/Nathan Miller (USA) slipped from fourth to fifth after she fell on a double Axel and throw triple loop (138.00 points).
The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2010 continue Thursday with the Original Dance and the Men’s Free Skating. For more information, full entry lists and results please see: www.isu.org and http://www.wcjunior.com/. There are videos of competition highlights available on the event website as well.
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