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Russia jumps on top in ladies, men's in Slovenia

Sakhanovich sets new JGP scoring mark; Petrov sets pace in Ljubljana
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Serafima Sakhanovich opened her first Junior Grand Prix of the season by registering a record-breaking short program score in Slovenia. -Getty Images

Russians Serafima Sakhanovich and Alexander Petrov jumped out in front Thursday in their respective disciplines at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) event in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Sakhanovich made history by setting a new JGP ladies short program scoring record of 66.58 points. She nearly broke the all-time junior mark of 66.90, set by teammate Elena Radionova at the 2014 Wold Junior Championships, but she incurred a one-point deduction for a time violation.

Sakhanovich, the reigning world junior silver medalist, landed a clean triple flip-triple toe combination along with a triple Lutz and a double Axel. Skating to music from the My Sweet and Tender Beast soundtrack, she also earned Level 4's on all of her spins and step sequences.

Japan's Yuka Nagai finished second with 58.92 while skating to music from East of Eden. She led off her short with a strong triple toe-triple toe combination, followed by a clean triple Lutz. Olympian Nicole Rajičová of Slovakia rounded out the ladies top three with a score of 52.87.

Competing in a Junior Grand Prix event for the first time since 2012, American Leah Keiser finished eighth after falling on her opening jump combination attempt. She earned Level 4's for all of her spins.

Petrov set the pace for the men in his short set to music from The Godfather. He opened by landing a clean triple Axel, and went on to land all of his jumps, including a triple flip-triple toe, in a 74.59-point performance.

China's Boyang Jin, the reigning JGP final champion, came in second with 72.21. His triple Axel earned a 1.57 Grade of Execution, and he followed that up by landing a solid triple flip-triple toe combination. Canadian Anthony Kan rounded out the top three with a score of 61.10.

American Shotaro Omori came in fourth, falling on both his opening triple Axel and the back end of his triple flip toe combination. The 2013 world junior bronze medalist earned a total segment score of 58.82.

Luke West of the U.S. came in 11th with 50.65.