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Tuktamisheva nabs gold medal at Finlandia Trophy

Cesario takes silver; Rippon in third; Cannuscio, McManus in contention
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Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamisheva won her second gold medal of the young season after placing first at the Finlandia Trophy. -Getty Images

Russian skaters enjoyed a successful Saturday at the Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva laid claim to the ladies title, while Sergei Vornov jumped in front in men's and Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin set the pace after a first-place short dance.

Ladies

Tuktamisheva blew away the ladies field to win gold after her 126.26-point free skate. Improving on her bronze-medal finish at this event last season, she skated to "Batwannis Beek" by The R.E.G. Project and "Sandstorm" by La Bionda, opening with a triple Lutz-double toe-double loop combination that notched 10.08 points.

Tuktamisheva earned positive Grades of Execution (GOE) on every element in her free skate, which also featured a triple Salchow-double Axel sequence worth 7.30 points. She finished with a final score of 193.31, marking her second straight first-place finish after taking gold at the Nebelhorn Trophy.

Rallying to the podium after coming in fifth in the short program, American Samantha Cesario took home the silver medal with her 108.61-point free skate, finishing with a final score of 159.40. The New York native opened with a triple loop-loop-triple Salchow worth 9.80 points and followed it with a triple toe and a triple flip-double toe combination. She performed a second triple flip-double toe combination in the second half of her skate which earned 7.40 points.

Japan's Rika Hongo won bronze, finishing with a final tally of 153.71 points. Her Carmen free skate opened with three straight triples. The highest scoring element in her 101.60-point free skate was a double Axel-loop-triple Salchow that earned 6.88 points.

Men's

Sergei Voronov jumped in front in the men's competition with a 75.06-point short program. Skating to "Danse Macabre" by Camille Saint-Saëns, the reigning Russian bronze medalist opened with a 9.18-point triple toe-triple toe combination. He also landed a triple Axel and a triple loop, and holds a slim 1.77-point lead heading into Sunday's free skate.

Coming off two podium finishes at Junior Grand Prix (JGP) events, Alexander Petrov sits in second place with 73.29 points. The Russian junior silver medalist opened his "El Conquistador" short by landing an excellent triple Axel (1.80 GOE), and his triple Lutz was also sound (0.84 GOE).

American Adam Rippon is in third place after notching 68.93 points for his short to "Tuxedo Junction" by Quincy Jones. Skating in his first competition since the 2014 Four Continents Championships, Rippon fell on his opening quad toe and his ensuing triple Axel received a -2.20 GOE. He rebounded nicely with the highest scoring element of the short program -- a triple Lutz-triple toe worth 12.23 points.

Ice Dance

Stepanova and Bukin hold a slight lead over Germany's Nelli Zhiganshina and Alexander Gazsi. Finishing the short dance with 59.46 points, the Russian duo opened with a Level 4 straight line lift worth 5.10 points, followed by a Level 4 twizzle sequence that notched 7.80 points.

Zhiganshina and Gazsi opened their 58.06-point short with a Level 3 twizzle sequence. The program, skated to "La Maza" by Silvio Rodriguez and "Ameksa" by Taalbi Brothers, also featured an impreessive step sequence (1.32 GOE).

Finland's own Olesia Karmi and Max Lindholm notched 49.80 points in their short and sit in third. They opened with a Level 4 twizzle sequence and finished with a Level 4 rotational lift.

Americans Anastasia Cannuscio and Colin McManus are in medal contention after a 49.28-point short to "Hora Zero" by Rodrigo y Gabriela and "Ameska" by the Taalbi Brothers. The team's rotational lift was rated Level 4, and their twizzle sequence earned 6.08 points.