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Dazzling free skate propels Medvedeva to gold

Russian secures spot at JGP Final; Chen notches bronze for U.S.
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Evgenia Medvedeva, flanked by silver medalist Wakaba Higushi of Japan (left) and bronze medalist Karen Chen of the U.S., won her second JGP gold medal of the season. -Ben Miller Reisman

Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva followed her ladies title in France with another gold, and Canada's Roman Sadovsky hung on to finish first in men's Saturday at JGP Czech Republic. With the victory, Medvedeva secured her place at December's JGP Final in Barcelona.


Despite placing second in both segments of competition, Medvedeva topped the podium at her second JGP of the season with 171.12 points. Her free skate featured seven triple jumps, including an opening triple flip-triple toe combination worth 10.60 points. She earned 115.20 points for the performance, less than one point away from winning the segment.

Rebounding from a fifth-place finish in the short program, Japan's Wakaba Higuchi won the free skate to earn the silver medal with 169.68 points.

Team USA's Karen Chen, who held a 4.76-point lead heading into the final segment, faltered in her free skate and settled for bronze with 160.95 points.


With a 5.09-point lead after the short program, Canadian Roman Sadovsky held on to top the men's podium in spite of a third-place finish in the free skate. His short program, set to "The Prophet" by Gary Moore, featured a triple loop-triple toe combination and three Level 4 spins, leaving the Ontario-based skater untouchable heading into the final segment.

Sadovsky earned 192.08 points for the week, earning his first JGP title, and first medal in the series since 2012.

Alexander Samarin of Russia took the silver with 188.69 points, earning a segment-high 126.27 for his free skate. Samarin adds the silver from this event to a bronze earned last month at JGP France, giving him a total of four career JGP medals.

Bronze went to Japan's Sei Kawahara, who earned his first JGP medal with 184.69 points.

Less than three points behind, American Andrew Torgashev finished just off the podium in his JGP Series debut with 182.57, placing second in the free skate with a segment score of 124.63.