Shcherbakova takes lead with personal best in figure skating worlds

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STOCKHOLM, March 24 (Xinhua) — Setting a personal best of 81.00 points, Anna Shcherbakova, representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR), sits top of the table at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2021 in Stockholm after the ladies short program on Wednesday.

Her score was a result of a double Axel, triple flip, and triple Lutz-triple loop combination.

Rika Kihira of Japan and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of FSR finished second and third respectively, both within three points of Shcherbakova before the free skate on Friday.

What clinched the lead for the leader was program component marks of 37.14, the highest of all participants. Kihira scored 35.40.

Meanwhile, favorites Alexandra Trusova of FSR and Japan’s Satoko Miyahara trail far behind, placed 12th and 16th, after making costly mistakes on the ice.

Playing it safe, two-time world junior champion Trusova went for a double Axel instead of the triple she had shown during the practice sessions. In her triple Lutz, she also over-rotated. Trusova, however, has an unprecedented five quadruple jumps planned for the free skate.

Two-time world championship medalist Miyahara fared even worse as she fell on her triple Lutz and is trailing Shcherbakova by more than 21 points. She is also just behind Swedish skater Josefin Taljegard who scored 61.58 points, a personal best, on home ice.

China’s Chen Hongyi, 18, scored 58.81 to place the 22nd. Enditem

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