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Russia sweeps singles titles at JGP Czech Republic

Gubanova, Aliev take top spots in ladies, men's; Krasnozhon claims silver
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The top three men celebrate after receiving their prizes (L-R): Bronze medalist Roman Savosin of Russia, gold medalist Dmitri Aliev of Russia and silver medalist Aleksei Krasnozhon of the United States. -Getty Images

Russia took both gold medals on the last day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Ostrava, Czech Republic, as Anastasiia Gubanova rallied for the ladies title and Dmitri Aliev pulled away to finish first in men's.


Gubanova trailed by more than three points entering the day, but a 122.08-point effort in the free clinched the gold for the 13-year-old Russian. Her Romeo and Juliet routine was highlighted by an incredible triple lutz-triple toe-double toe combination performed in the second half of the program, an element for which she earned 13.36 points. She finished the competition with a score of 185.89, edging silver medalist Rika Kihara of Japan by 0.08 points.

Kihara, the leader after the short, landed six clean triples throughout her "Rhapsody in Blue" free skate. She opened her routine with a triple axel attempt, but fell on it. The Japanese youngster earned 118.73 points in the segment and 185.81 overall, good for the silver medal.

Alisa Lozko of Russia collected the bronze, finishing more than 23 points behind the leaders.

American Megan Wessenberg placed sixth in the free and sixth overall.


Aliev captured his third career JGP gold medal in Ostrava, doing so by a margin of more than nine points. Skating to music from The Man in the Iron Mask, the Russian junior champion landed a quad toe, a triple axel and a triple lutz-triple toe, the latter coming in the second half of the program. His segment score of 155.38 was 0.22 points shy of his personal best, and his total competition mark of 232.83 was the highest of his career.

With his second-pladce finish, American Aleksei Krasnozhon captured his second career JGP medal, and his first silver. The U.S. junior bronze medalist fell on his opening quad attempt but then regrouped to land eight clean triples (four in combination) the rest of the way. He scored 148.50 for his free skate and 223.60 overall, beating his previous personal bests in those categories by 16 and 29 points, respectively.

Roman Savosin followed up his gold-medal-winning performance at the season-opening JGP in France by bagging the bronze in Ostrava.

Team USA's Kevin Shum took home a seventh-place finish with 178.92 points.