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Ten rounding into form, romps to victory in Zagreb

Tuktamisheva returns to 'Bolero,' wins short; Tarasova, Morozov take gold
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Denis Ten of Kazakhstan defended his title at the Golden Spin of Zagreb, winning the gold by almost 40 points. -Getty Images

Denis Ten ran away with the men's title, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won pairs gold, and Elizaveta Tuktamisheva opened up a big lead in ladies on the second day of competition at the Golden Spin of Zagreb in Croatia.

Ladies

Tuktamisheva went back to her "Bolero" short from last season, and the switch worked, as the reigning world champion posted a season's-best score of 69.48 on Friday. She opened her routine by landing her trademark triple axel (-0.80 Grade of Execution) and followed that with a triple lutz and a triple toe-double toe performed in the second half of the program.

Finishing second with a score of 58.86 was Tuktamisheva's teammate, Alena Leonova. She fell on the second part of her opening triple toe-triple toe but regrouped to land a triple flip and a double axel in her Charlie Chaplin short.

There is a virtual three-way tie for third, with Kazakhstan's Elizabet Tursynbaeva and Team USA's Karen Chen and Angela Wang separated by just 0.53 points.

Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova struggled mightily, botching her opening combo and popping her flip. She sits seventh with 54.43 points.

Men

Ten was masterful in his "Misa Tango" free skate, earning nearly 40 points for his first three elements: quad toe-triple toe, quad toe, triple axel. For good measure, he added a triple flip-half loop-triple salchow in the second of the program en route to a free skate score of 182.36. With the 94.03 points he earned in the short, the Kazakhstani skater accumulated a total mark of 276.39, giving him an almost 40-point victory and his second straight win at this event.

Rallying from a third-place finish in the short, Adam Rippon improved one spot in the free and finished second overall. His performance included two clean triple axels (one done in combination with a double toe) and a triple flip-double toe-double loop landed in the second half of his Beatles medley free skate. He left the competition with 237.87 points and his second international silver medal of the season (Finlandia Trophy).

Moving up two spots from the short program to earn the bronze was Russia's Adian Pitkeev. After starting his free skate to The Mission with a quad toe, the Russian youngster ran into trouble on his next two jump elements, but he skated well enough the rest of the way to take third in the segment and land on the podium.

Alex Johnson came in sixth for Team USA. After a 15th-place showing in the short, Sean Rabbitt improved to 12th in the free but remained in 15th overall.

Pairs

Tarasova and Morozov took the gold by more than eight points over teammates Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov. The victors' Chopin free skate included clean side-by-side triple salchows and an outstanding throw triple loop, but they failed to complete their combination and she two-footed the landing of their throw triple salchow. The Russian silver medalists finished with a winning total of 192.22.

Astakhova and Rogonov hit most of their big elements in their "Shatter Me" free, the only exception being his fall on the side-by-side triple salchows. They earned 118.82 points on the day and took home the silver with a total competition score of 183.88.

The winners of the segment were Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea, who pulled up from sixth to claim the bronze with 174.96 points. Skating to "The Music of the Night," the U.S. bronze medalists received positive GOEs on 11 of their 12 elements en route on a free skate score of 119.38.

Team USA's Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran ran into problems in the second half of their Journey free skate and dropped from third to fifth.

The third U.S. pair in Zagreb, Catlin Fields and Ernie Utah Stevens, placed eighth.