Another Japan’s talent Mura takes Grand Prix gold
Japan continues to impress figure skating world by the presence of many talented and high class skaters. Takahito Mura is definitely one of them.
Yesterday, at Trophee Eric Bompard he began his free skating program to „Shogun“ with a quadruple toe and followed up with a triple Lutz – triple toe and a triple Axel. Mura landed four more triple jumps including another Axel. The Japanese skater earned 154.03 points, his season‘s best result, and moved up from second to win his first Grand Prix medal with a total of 230.68 points.
“Thinking of last year and the year before I couldn’t even imagine to win. I’m very surprised,” he said.”This victory gives me the possibility to get closer to the top. The judges looked at me like at a skater with a certain level, but now they look at me as the winner of the Grand Prix.“ Takahito Mura noted.
Overnight leader Jeremy Abbott of USA settled for the silver (227.63) and French Florent Amodio (214.25) rose from seventh to claim the bronze.
Paris audience greeted Tuktamysheva by standing ovation
In ladies event, American Ashley Wagner took the first place (190.63). Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (179.62) and Julia Lipnitskaia (179.31) followed in second and third places respectively.
For Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who continues to gain her best sporting shape after an injury, a successful performance at the Grand Prix in France was a matter of principle. Elizaveta has once again demonstrated a strong sports character, performing excellent her free skate program, which was the most complex yesterday evening.
The French audience was captivated by performance of the Russian skater and greeted her by deserved standing ovation.
Tuktamysheva pulled off a triple Lutz – triple toe combination, a double Axel – triple toe and three more triples to score a seasons best of 121.36 points. The 15-year-old totaled 179.62 points to move up one spot.
“At the end of my program I was overwhelmed with emotions. I was so happy to have landed all my elements. There was only the double Axel left and I landed it as well. This was a big victory over myself. I really wanted it but I didn’t expect it.“ Elizaveta told the media.
Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 – Takahito Mura, FS
Trophee Eric Bompard 2012 – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, FS