European bronze medalists Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov find themselves with a sizeable eight-point advantage after a clean short program that propelled them to the top of the standings at the Russian Figure Skating Championships. With the two top Russian pairs opting out of the competition in favor of much-needed rest after a busy fall, Bazarova and Larionov are in prime position to take their first national title.
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VIDEOS: Pairs’ short program video gallery
Hitting their opening side-by-side triple toes and a strong throw triple flip, Bazarova and Larionov made it known that it was their opportunity for the gold, scoring a 68.83 for their short program effort. With reigning champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov and former champions Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov opting to skip the competition, the door is wide open for Bazarova and Laronov to take the title.
In a surprise second place are Anastasia Martiusheva and Alexei Rogonov, who have been ninth in the past two Russian championships. They opened with side-by-side triple salchows to put themselves in medal position with a 60.25. They are just ahead of last year’s junior champions, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov. Both teams had a touchdown on their throw triple flip, but Martiusheva and Rogonov’s higher base value kept them ahead.
VIDEOS: Short dance video gallery
In ice dance, reigning champions Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev find themselves with a lead of just over three points going into the free dance. Former World junior champions Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov are in second
PAIRS (after the short program)
1. Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov – 68.83
2. Anastasia Martiusheva/Alexei Rogonov – 60.25
3. Ksenia Stolbova/Fedor Klimov – 58.46
4. Lubov Iliushechkina/Nodari Maisuradze – 57.00
5. Katarina Gerboldt/Alexander Enbert – 56.67
6. Tatiana Novik/Andrei Novoselov – 54.09
7. Vasilisa Davankova/Andrei Deputat – 53.32
8. Ekaterina Petaikina/Maxim Kurdiukov – 51.25
9. Tatiana Tudvaseva/Sergei Lisiev – 49.00
10. Oksana Nagalaty/Konstantin Bezmaternikh – 45.34
11. Maria Vygalova/Egor Zakroev – 42.90
12. Yana Volkova/Alexei Petryanin – 33.08
DANCE (after the short dance)
1. Ekaterina Bobrova/Dmitri Soloviev – 70.23
2. Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov – 66.94
3. Ekaterina Riazanova/Ilia Tkachenko – 65.22
4. Ekaterina Pushkash/Jonathan Guerreiro – 60.25
5. Ksenia Monko/Kirill Khaliavin – 58.27
6. Valeria Starygina/Ivan Volobulev – 54.67
7. Kristina Gorshkov/Vitali Butikov – 48.68
8. Anastasia Kabanova/Nikolai Babin – 46.24
9. Anna Polikarpov/Maxim Kirillov – 45.64
10. Evgenia Shakhtarina/Denis Kozlov – 35.69
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