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Sakhanovich rallies to win in convincing fashion

Parsons siblings hold edge over Edwards, Pang after short dance
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Serafima Sakhanovich overcame a three-point deficit after the short to take the gold medal in Aichi, Japan. -Getty Images

Serafima Sakhanovich of Russia won the ladies free skate, and the gold medal, Saturday at Junior Grand Prix Japan, while Americans Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons took the lead in dance.

Sakhanovich moved up from second after the short program to win her third JGP title. The reigning JGP Final and world junior silver medalist easily erased the three-point deficit she faced after the short to win by 16 points with a total score of 177.69. Her free skate, to "Oblivion" and "I Love You, I Hate You," was nearly flawless. It included a triple flip-triple toe combination (10.90 points) and a triple Salchow-triple toe-double toe sequence in the second half of the program that netted 11.16 points. Her technical score of 66.08 was the most of any competitor by seven points.

Japan's Yuka Nagai moved up from fifth after the short to win her second silver medal of the JGP season. Short program leader Elizavet Turzynbaeva of Kazakhstan finished fifth in the free skate but managaed to remain on the podium, winning the bronze.

Bradie Tennell, the 2014 U.S. junior pewter medalist, finished out her JGP debut with an eighth-place showing. Tennell endured some struggles on her jumps in her Far and Away program to fall from fourth place after the short to eighth in the free. Highlights from her performance included three Level 4 spins and a triple Salchow that earned a positive GOE.

The Parsons, the 2014 U.S. junior bronze medalists, hold a narrow 0.38-point lead over Canada's Madeline Edwards and Zhao Kai Pang, 55.71 to 55.33. The Americans' technical score of 28.59 was the only one in the field above the 28-point threshold. 

Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd of Russia, winners of the first JGP event of the season in France, sit in third place with 52.25 points.

Elliana Pogrebinsky and her new partner, Alex Benoit, are in fifth entering Sunday's free dance.