Mao Asada 1st after record-setting short program at figure skating world championships
Marystown-born Kaetlyn Osmond finished in eighth place after the women's short program at the world figure skating championships in Japan.
Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown is sitting in 8th place after the women’s short program at the world figureskating championships in Japan. This photo was Tweeted this morning by Skate Canada @SkateCanada.
Montreal’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won a pairs bronze medal at the world figure skating championships Thursday while Mao Asada of Japan set a world record to finish first in the women’s short program.
Duhamel and Radford were third with 210.84 points, edging teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto into fourth.
Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the gold, claiming their fifth title in the event they have dominated since 2008.
Skating to Chopin’s Nocturne, Asada hit her trademark triple Axel at the start of her routine and completed all her remaining jumps to finish with 78.66 points, surpassing the previous record of 78.50 set by Yuna Kim at the Vancouver Olympics.
“As the last competition of this season, I am happy to skate the best short program,” said Asada, a two-time world champion. “My mission here is to perform both programs perfect so already half is done and tomorrow I want to focus on showing everything I have practiced.”
Carolina Kostner of Italy was second with 77.24 points followed by Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia, who had 74.54 points. Kim, the defending champion, has retired and Olympic gold medallist Adelina Sotnikova of Russia isn’t competing at the worlds.
“I was very nervous,” Kostner said. “But this is my 13th world championship so I just kept telling myself not to be nervous.”
Akiko Suzuki, who is retiring after this event, was fourth with 71.02 points.
Gracie Gold of the United States was fifth followed by compatriot Ashley Wagner.
Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown was eighth and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was 14th.
Skating to music from “The Nutcracker,” Savchenko and Szolkowy were solid on all their elements and earned 224.88 points to beat Russia’s Olympic silver medallists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who had 215.92 points.
“A fifth title is quite amazing,” Szolkowy said. “We did and very good performance yesterday and were very good today.”
Savchenko and Szolkowy, who won the Olympic bronze in 2010 and 2014, have been together since August of 2003 and will split up after the world championships.
“I can hardly believe it is over now. It feels very strange,” Savchenko said. “To be honest, it felt like I was skating in an exhibition gala.”
Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sas., were 12th overall out of 16 pairs.
(This story has been edited for clarity.)