Ksenia Makarova takes lead at Russian skating championships

Ksenia Makarova has put herself in good position to defend her Ladies’ title at the Russian national figure skating championships, taking the lead during the short program on Monday afternoon in Saransk.

Makarova posted a score of 64.16 — that’s a score of 32.30 for technical elements and 31.86 for program components. Ksenia, who turned 18 last week, opened the international skating season with a second-place finish at the Skate Canada. She followed with a seventh-place effort at the Cup of Russia.

Last season Makarova placed ninth at the European championships, 10th at the Vancouver Olympics and eighth at the World championships.

Adelina Sotnikova, the 2009 Russian champion, suffered a one-point deduction which cost her the first position. Sotnikova, 14, has 63.79 points.

Alena Leonova, the 20-year-old and 2009 World junior champion, is third with 60.14 points. Leonova placed ninth at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 13th at Worlds.

Sofia Biryukova is fourth with 59.49 and Julia Lipnitskaya is fifth at 59.13.

Polina Agafonova is sixth with 58.42. Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, last year’s Russian bronze medalist, is in seventh place with 56.30 points.

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