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Paniot takes slim lead over Savosin at JGP France

Russia's Zagitova ahead in ladies; Paganini sits sixth in JGP Series debut
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Ukraine's Yaroslav Paniot finished first in the short program at JGP France. -Getty Images

Russia's Alina Zagitova and Ukraine's Yaroslav Paniot took the lead in ladies and men's, respectively, on the first day of competition at Junior Grand Prix (JGP) France.


Russia's Alina Zagitova took control of the ladies competition by opening a 3.95-point lead over Japan's Kaori Sakamoto. Zagitova's 68.07-point short program was bolstered by an excellent triple lutz-triple toe combination (12.73 points), and she earned Level 4's on all of her steps and spins.

Sakamoto turned in a 64.12-point performance of her short to The Artist. Her routine was highlighted by a clean triple flip-triple toe and the best triple loop of the event.

Sakamoto's teammate, Rin Nataya, also turned in a clean triple-triple combination (lutz-toe), and she sits third with 60.94 points.

Making her JGP debut, Team USA's Alexia Paganini is in sixth place with 52.92 points. The New York native opened her On Golden Pond short with a clean triple lutz-triple toe.


Yaroslav Paniot took a slim 1.14-point lead after earning a score of 68.58 for his Romeo and Juliet short. The Ukranian silver medalist landed four triple jumps, including an opening triple flip-triple toe.

Making his JGP debut, Roman Savosin notched 67.44 points behind a triple lutz-triple toe combination near the beginning of his program. The Russian junior champion is in second place.

France's Kévin Aymoz slotted into third place with 64.74 points.

Team USA's Tomoki Hiwatashi, the 2016 world junior bronze medalist, is in sixth place with 57.90 points. Hiwatashi's teammate, Oleksiy Melnyk, finished 11th with 54.49 points.