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McNamara, Carpenter clinch second JGP Final berth

Carreira, Ponomarenko take first JGP medal; Yamamoto wins men's gold
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Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter will head to their second career Junior Grand Prix Final in December. -Getty Images

The Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Torun, Poland, wrapped up Saturday with Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter clinching their second career JGP Final berth. Japan's Sota Yamamoto stood handily atop the men's podium.

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McNamara and Carpenter, competing on the JGP circuit since 2012, easily took home their second gold of the season, doing so with a personal-best free dance score. The reigning U.S. junior champions were just off their personal mark in the short dance but went on to better their free score by four points.

Their performance to Carmen featured a pair of Level 4 lifts and Level 4 twizzles. The Grades of Executions (GOEs) on each of their seven elements was 1.20 or higher. They earned 97.21 points for the segment en route to a total score of 162.63.

Team USA's Christina Carreira and Anthony Ponomarenko, who placed fourth at JGP Latvia, took silver for their first career JGP medal.

The duo finished second in both segments of the competition and earned a total score of 146.15 points. Skating in their second season together, they edged bronze medalists Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin of Russia by five points.


Yamamoto, the reigning world junior bronze medalist and JGP Final silver medalist, paced the competition throughout. His four-point short program advantage grew into a 25-point lead as his free to "Piano Concerto No. 1" by Tchaikovsky earned 157.26 points, 20 more than that of silver medalist Deniss Vasiļjevs of Latvia.

Yamamoto, who won bronze at JGP USA last month, turned in a series of solid jumps and combinations, including a 10.30-point quad toe and five jumping passes in the second half of the program. He racked up more than 22 points on back-to-back combinations, the first of which featured a triple lutz-triple toe and the latter a triple flip-loop-triple salchow.

Both Yamamoto's free skate and overall scores (232.42 points) were international personal-best scores.

For his part, Vasiļjevs won his second straight silver medal, after also placing second at 2015 JGP Latvia. Like the gold medalist, Vasiļjevs also set personal-best scores in the free skate (138.43) and overall (207.83).

Coming off his JGP Slovakia title, Canada's Roman Sadovsky also won his second medal of the season. Sadovsky fell one spot from the short program due to a fifth-place showing in the free skate. He struggled with his jumps throughout, seeing negative GOEs on four of seven elements and falling on the program-opening quad salchow.

Americans Aleksei Krasnozhon and Tony Lu finished fifth and sixth, respectively.