There was more Asian dominance today at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships as
Japan wins its second gold of the event with Kanako Murakami’s title in the ladies’ event.
Russia took its only gold this week in the dance event yesterday when Elena Ilynikh and Nikita Katsalapov pulling away from the field.
Related: Men’s recap at Junior Worlds
With her World junior title, Murakami finishes her season undefeated in the junior circuit, winning every event that she entered, including the Junior Grand Prix Final in December. She skated a solid six-triple free skate to breeze to the title by almost nine points. She becomes the first Japanese lady to win Junior Worlds since current Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada won it in 2005.
U.S. junior champion Agnes Zawadzki made sure that the Americans did not go home empty-handed this week with a surprise silver medal behind Murakami in her first major international competition. In eighth after the short, she took advantage of her competitors’ mistakes to vault herself into second with a six-triple effort, completing a remarkable breakthrough season in the junior circuit.
Three Russian ladies occupied the next three spots, with Russian junior champion Polina Agafonova prevailing over her teammates to finish with the bronze, just ahead of Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist Polina Shelepen and Russian junior silver medalist Anna Ovcharova. The other two American entries, Kiri Baga and Christina Gao, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Related: Pairs’ recap at Junior Worlds
There were a few surprises in the ice dance event, as somewhere between last December and this week, Ilynikh and Katsalapov overtook the rest of the junior teams in the world. They won the silver medal at the Junior Grand Prix Final in a tight race, but they ended up winning the Junior World title by over 15 points. Their win breaks the two-year winning streak of the American dance teams.
Another surprise were Canadian junior champions Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam, who convincingly took the silver despite not even qualifying for the JGPF in December. The JGPF champions, Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, edged out reigning World junior silver medalists and
U.S. junior champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani for the bronze by half a point.
The other two American teams, U.S. junior silver medalists Rachel Tibbetts and Collin Brubaker and
U.S. junior bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Zachary Donohue, finished seventh and ninth, respectively.
LADIES (final standings)
1. Kanako Murakami JPN – 165.47
2. Agnes Zawadzki
USA – 156.79
3. Polina Agafonova RUS – 154.27
4. Polina Shelepen RUS – 151.65
5. Anna Ovcharova RUS – 147.52
6. Kate Charbonneau CAN – 147.46
7. Kiri Baga
USA – 146.98
8. Christina Gao USA – 143.86
9. Joshi Helgesson SWE – 138.13
10. Julia Pfrengle GER – 133.05
Lena Marrocco FRA – 127.62
12. Svetlana Issakova EST – 124.10
13. Romy Buehler SUI – 121.94
14. Sila Saygi TUR – 118.28
15. Beata Papp FIN – 117.32
16. Karina Johnson DEN – 115.17
17. Angelica Olsson SWE – 114.44
18. Isabel Drescher GER – 111.95
19. Qiuying Zhu CHN – 110.55
Rio ITA – 107.12
21. Alina Milevskaia UKR – 105.02
22. Ira Vannut BEL – 103.68
23. Manouk Gijsman NED – 103.14
24. Alina Fjodorova LAT – 102.18
DANCE (final standings)
1. Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov RUS – 188.28
2. Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam CAN – 172.37
3. Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin RUS – 168.81
4. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
USA – 168.35
5. Lorenza Alessandrini and Simone Vaturi ITA – 167.84
6. Ekaterina Pushkash and Jonathan Guerreiro RUS – 162.16
7. Rachel Tibbetts and Collin Brubaker
USA – 153.50
8. Anastasia Galyeta and Alexei Shumski UKR – 146.96
9. Piper Gilles and Zachary Donohue
USA – 141.30
10. Geraldine Bott and Neil Brown FRA – 140.65
11. Stefanie Frohberg and Tim Giesen GER – 139.51
12. Dora Turoczi and Balazs Majorr HUN – 139.29
13. Olivia Nicole Martins and Alvin Chau CAN – 135.63
14. Gabriela Kubova and Dmitri Kiselev CZE – 133.48
15. Charlotte Aiken and Josh Whidborne GBR – 132.24
16. Sara Hurtado and Adria Diaz ESP – 128.44
17. Katelyn Good and Nikolaj Sorensen DEN – 128.41
18. Oksana Klimova and Sasha Palomaki FIN – 127.82
19. Nikola Visnova and Lukas Csolley SVK – 126.23
20. Justyna Plutowska and Dawid Pietrzynski POL – 109.40
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