GRENOBLE, France: Teenage world champion Anna Shcherbakova of Russia overcame an early tumble to clinch her second Grand Prix gold medal of the season by winning the ISU GP in France on Saturday.
The overnight leader slipped launching her opening quad Lutz and fell.
I was shocked after the performance. I didnt understand what happened on my first jump and after the program I was still not realizing what happened, Shcherbakova said. The jumps went well in the warmup, and I was very confident. The mistake threw me off and I was very upset. But I did all my elements afterwards, which was very important.
But the 17-year-old Shcherbakova recovered well with a quad flip and seven triple jumps, including triple-triple combinations. She scored 151.75 points for a total of 229.69 points, beating countrywoman Alena Kostornaia (221.85). It was the 18-year-old Kostornaia’s second GP medal this season following bronze at Skate Canada.
Japans Wakaba Higuchi climbed from sixth overnight with a personal best of 141.04 to take the bronze with 204.91.
Today was the best performance of the season and I am satisfied," she said. I made some little mistakes, thats why my score was 141 points, but it is a good learning curve and I can improve.
Four-time ice dance world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were dominant in winning their home event for the sixth time.
The five-time European Champions scored 132.17 points and totaled 221.25 overall.
The overnight places remained with Canadian pair Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier taking silver with 203.16 and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia in bronze on 200.29.
In Saturday’s later action, Japans Yuma Kagiyama was defending a big lead in the mens event and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitri Kozlovskii were defending the pairs lead.
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