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Krasnozhon wins third JGP title with stellar display

Russians capture pairs gold; Canada's Lajoie, Lagha lead after short dance
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Alex Krasnozhon earned his second gold medal of the season Friday at the Junior Grand Prix in Zagreb, Croatia. -Getty Images

Alex Krasnozhon won the men's competition Friday, highlighting the second day of competition at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Zagreb, Croatia. With the win, the American clinched a berth in December's Junior Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan. In the pairs competition, teams from Russia took home gold and bronze medals, while Canadians Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha lead the way after the short dance.

Men's

Krasnozhon secured his place at the aforementioned JGP Final with an impressive finish Friday. The 17-year-old -- who won gold at JGP Australia earlier this season -- earned an overall mark of 225.48 to win the title by more than four points.

Skating to "Nelle tue mani," Krasnozhon fell once, but received positive GOEs on eight elements -- including a triple axel-triple loop combination and two Level 4 spins. His segment score of 145.22 was a new season's best.

Canada's Joseph Phan slotted second when it was all said and done, ending his trip to Zagreb with with 221.07 points. Phan earned 144.98 points for his The Godfather free, despite falling on his opening quad toe. He'd recover nicely to land ten jumps, including a triple lutz-triple loop combination and a triple axel-loop-triple salchow.

Russia's Makar Ignatov, who finished third with 219.22 overall points, had just one shaky element -- a triple lutz combination -- which came in the back half of his program. He was otherwise impressive, opening with a quad loop, triple axel, triple lutz and triple loop.

Team USA's Goku Endo finished 14th with 147.38 points.

Pairs

Russia's Polina Kostiukovich and Dmitrii Ialin vaulted from third after the short program to win gold, besting the Chinese team of Yumeng Gao and Zhong Xie by less than one point. Though the pair suffered two falls in their Cirque du Soleil program, their quad twist and a Level 4 lift aided in them picking up 165.48 points overall and 105.80 for the segment.

Gao and Xie won the silver medal after earning 164.96 total points. Skating to music from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the Chinese pair received negative GOEs on just one element -- their triple salchows. They'd recover nicely to impress the crowd by completing a double toe combination, as well as a Level 4 lift and matching Level 4 spins.

Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii captured the bronze medal with an event total of 163.21, though their finish in the final standings was a bit disappointing after the Russians entered the segment in first place. The duo fell on their opening triple loops, but were still able to gain momentum with a sound triple toe-double toe-double toe combination later in the program. They also picked up six Level 4 elements.

Laiken Lockley and Keenan Prochnow of the United States finished fifth with 141.99 points.

Ice Dance

Lajoie and Lagha jumped ahead of the field after accruing 62.89 points for their short dance, which was set to music by Petty Booka and Gary Tesca. The Canadians received positive GOEs, as well as Level 4 lifts and twizzles.

Finishing second in the segment was Russia's Ksenia Konkina and Grigory Yakushev, who earned 60.16 points. Their program was highlighted by a Level 4 lift, but they were only awarded a Level 3 on their opening step sequence, and settled for Level 3 twizzles.

Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko, who picked up the segment's top program components scores, are in third position with 59.97 points.

The American teams of Eliana Gropman and Ian Somerville, and Sophia Elder and Christopher Elder finished fifth and 13th, respectively.