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Chen opens large lead over field at JGP Spain

Fedichkina takes slim advantage behind personal-best short program
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Nathan Chen looks to be on his way to his second Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final appearance after opening up a large lead at JGP Spain on Thursday. -Getty Images

Team USA's Nathan Chen and Russia's Alisa Fedichkina each recorded personal-best short program scores to take the lead on the first day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Logroño, Spain.


Skating to music from Tchaikovsky, Fedichkina turned in a clean short program to earn a personal-best 66.16 points. Her triple lutz-triple toe combination in the back half of her program highlighted her skate, but she also nailed her two other jumps (double axel, triple flip).

Japan's Yura Matsuda sits in second after scoring 65.71 points for her short to music from The Piano by Michael Nyman. Matsuda skated a clean program, landing all of her jump elements (triple flip, triple loop-triple loop, double axel) en route to setting a personal-best score.

Matsuda's teammate, Yuna Shiraiwa, is in third after earning 62.51 points -- also a personal best. Her "Over the Rainbow"-themed program was highlighted by a triple flip and a triple lutz-triple toe combination.

Team USA's Brynne McIsaac (53.43) and Tessa Hong (50.38) are seventh and ninth, respectively.


Earning a personal-best 77.94 points in the short, Chen sits atop the standings after an impressive performance. Chen opened his Michael Jackson short with a triple axel and hit a triple lutz-triple toe combination and triple flip in the second half of the program.

Daniel Samohin of Israel scored a 67.96 points to finish second. Skating to music from Sherlock Holmes, the Israeli skater landed a solid triple axel and triple lutz-triple toe combination.

China's He Zhang is in third after his Singin' in the Rain short program earned 61.63 points.