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Hongo, Menshov claim gold at Finlandia Trophy

Lipnitskaia finishes second; Rippon claims silver for second year in a row
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Rika Hongo captured her fourth career international gold medal in Espoo. -Getty Images

Rika Hongo cruised to an easy victory and Konstantin Menshov held off a surging Adam Rippon to take gold Sunday at the 2015 Finlandia Trophy in Espoo, Finland.


Leading by three points after Saturday's short, Hongo won the free skate by 12 and the title by 15. The Japanese silver medalist opened her "Riverdance" free with a triple flip-triple toe (the toe was judged to be under-rotated) and went on to land four more clean triples, including a triple toe as part of a double axel-triple toe-double toe combination. She finished with an overall score of 187.45, a new personal best.

Julia Lipnitskaia finished second but did not show the form that helped her to the world silver medal in 2014. Skating to the song "Leningrad" by William Joseph, Lipnitskaia fell on her flip, doubled one salchow and popped another salchow that was part of a planned triple toe-half loop-triple salchow combination. The 17-year-old Russian placed second in the free with 109.52 points and finished with a score of 172.33.

Joshi Helgesson turned in one of the best free skates of her career to snag the bronze. The Swede's free skate featured five clean triple jumps (two in combination) and was highlighted by an opening triple lutz-double toe-double loop. Her performance earned her 107.59 points, good for fourth in the segment, and she ended with a competition total of 164.38.

Team USA's Hannah Miller came in sixth in the free and took home a sixth-place finish.


Menshov opened his free skate to "Mad World" and a version of the song "Radioactive" with the two highest-scoring elements of the event: a quad toe-triple toe worth 16.60 points and a quad salchow that brought in 12.50. He scored 153.39 points on the day and 230.10 for the week, netting the 32-year-old Russian his third career international gold medal.

Rippon put forth a solid effort Sunday on his way to taking the silver. After making mistakes on the first two jump elements in his Beatles medley free skate, the U.S. silver medalist settled down to nail five clean triples (two in combination) in the rest of the program en route to a segment-best 154.89 points. His total score of 224.18 earned him a runner-up finish at this event for the second year in a row.

The leader after the short, Sergei Voronov of Russia fell to seventh in the free skate and settled for the bronze.

Timothy Dolensky was outstanding in the free skate, in which he finished third and scored a personal-best 144.03 points. His final tally of 210.55 was also a career high, but -- just as he had in his three previous international appearances -- he finished one spot off the podium, in fourth.