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Petrov wins first career JGP gold medal in Estonia

Russians sweep pairs podium; Bent, MacKeen take slight lead in dance
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Alexander Petrov won his first Junior Grand Prix gold medal in Estonia on Friday. -Getty Images

The 2014 Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Series continued Friday from Tallinn, Estonia, with the short dance and the pairs and men's free skates.

Men's

Russia's Alexander Petrov, a third-season JGP competitor, won his first gold medal in the series with 208.37 points. Petrov's jumping ability was on full display as he completed a triple Axel-triple toe and five additional triple jumps. His segment score of 137.63 points was just higher than that of silver medalist Sota Yamamoto's 136.28.

Yamamoto singled his first Axel but rebounded with a triple Lutz-triple toe worth 11.00 points, as well as three more triples in the second half of the program. China's He Zhang maintained his third-place standing after the short to win the bronze medal with 193.34 points.

Representing Team USA, Andrew Torgashev and Spencer Howe finished fifth and 12th, respectively.

Pairs

Making their season debut, two-time JGP Final medalists Maria Vigalova and Egor Zakroev of Russia earned a runaway victory with 161.83 points. Their 24-point win came over teammates Kamilla Gainetdinova and Sergei Alexeev, while bronze medalists Anastasia Gubanova and Alexei Sintsov completed the Russian podium sweep.

Vigalova and Zakroev's five-point lead after the short program grew significantly thanks to a nearly flawless Phantom of the Opera free skate featuring a Level 3 triple twist, a pair of Level 4 lifts and side-by-side double Axel-double toe combinations.

Two young American teams, Olivia Allan and Austin Hale, and Jessica Lee and Robert Hennings, finished eighth and 11th, respectively.

Ice Dance

The ice dancers opened action Friday with two teams skating to a close finish in the short dance. Canada's Mackenzie Bent and Garrett MacKeen recorded 59.83 points, edging Russia's Anna Yanovskaia and Sergei Mozgov, who earned 59.56 points.

The four-point technical gap between the two teams came on the samba patterns, with the Canadian team hitting all key points through both passes of the dance.

Carolina Moscheni and Adam Lukacs of Hungary earned a score of 51.61 en route to a third-place finish.

Americans Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, and Holly Moore and Daniel Klaber placed fourth and fifth, respectively.