Alena Kostornaia (RUS), Alexandra Trusova (RUS), Mako Yamashita (JPN)
Trusova (RUS) makes history with two quads in golden performance
Russia’s Alexandra Trusova became the first Lady to land two quadruple jumps in one program on her way to gold as competition concluded in spectacular fashion at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2018 in Sofia (BUL) on Saturday.
Trusova outjumped her competitors to win by over 18 points. Fellow Russian Alena Kostornaia claimed the silver medal and Mako Yamashita of Japan took bronze.
Alexandra Trusova (RUS)
Trusova gave a phenomenal performance to ‘Four Seasons’, reeling off a quadruple Salchow and a quadruple toeloop as well as triple flip-single loop-triple Salchow combination, a triple Lutz-triple loop, triple flip-triple toe, triple flip and double Axel.
The 13-year-old is also the first female skater to perform a quadruple toeloop in competition. Trusova set a personal best with 153.49 points and racked up 225.52 points overall.
Miki Ando (JPN) was previously the only woman to have landed a quadruple jump in competition - a quad Salchow at the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in 2002.
“I am very happy to have won, but I’m even happier to have landed the two quads. I prepared for that and I did it,” Trusova said.
“After I landed the quads, I was very happy, but I still had the rest of the program to do. There were still three difficult combinations to come and I had to pull myself together.”
Alena Kostornaia (RUS)
Performing to ‘Stella’s Theme’, Kostornaia produced six clean triples including two triple-triple combinations as well as two double Axels and level-four spins and footwork. The only glitch came when she stepped out of the triple Lutz.
The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist scored 135.76 points, a personal best, which added up to 207.39 points.
“I am not very pleased with my performance. The result is satisfying, but I could have skated much better,” the 14-year-old said.
Mako Yamashita (JPN)
Yamashita’s program to ‘Madame Butterfly’ featured seven triples and difficult spins. The 15-year-old posted a personal best with 128.38 points and remained in third place on 195.17 points overall.
“I wasn’t thinking about the result or the score, I just focused on what I had to do and I think that led to the result,” Yamashita said.
Stanislava Konstantinova (RUS) completed a successful day for the Russian ladies by finishing fourth on 186.35 points. Eunsoo Lim (KOR) came fifth on 185.12 points and Yuhuna Yokoi (JPN) moved up from eighth to sixth place (184.78 points), while Rika Kihira (JPN) singled her two planned triple Axels to place eighth (175.25 points).
The ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships conclude on Sunday with the Exhibition Gala. For more information and full results please see the event website and the official website. Follow the event on social media using the hashtags #WorldJFigure and #FigureSkating.