Teenage skaters Pogorilaya, Yan make sensation in China
2013 World junior bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya of Russia won the ladies singles title at the ISU Grand Prix event Cup of China.
The 15-year-old Russian, who competes in senior level for the first season, cruised to 178.62 winning points overall to claim her first Grand Prix title. Her compatriot, overnight leader Adelina Sotnikova, moved down from first place after the short program to take silver with 174.70 points.
Italian Carolina Kostner, runner-up of the 2012-2013 World Championships, was third with a total of 173.40 points.
“I have an extremely good feeling here,” Pogorilaya said. “Maybe it’s because I’m competing at senior competitions, along with Carolina Kostner and other well-known athletes. At one time I wanted very much to compete on the one ice with Adelina Sotnikova and, finally, my dream come true.” she added.
China’s teenage sensation Han Yan becomes the first ever Chinese male skater to win an ISU Grand Prix title.
The 17-year-old made a bit of smart changes to his elements following a two-footed landing on his opening triple Axel and a fall on his late triple Lutz, which resulted in a fairly high 155.48-point free skate of Yan and a title winning total score of 245.62 at the 2013 Cup of China.
Chinese previous impressive Grand Prix results were recorded by Li Chengjiang at the 2004 Cup of China – second place and Nan Song at 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard, who also took the silver.
Yan edged Maxim Kovtun to the second place though the Russian finished his free skate with a leading 156.81. Japan’s Takahiko Kozuka, who was the runner-up in the 2011 World championship, settled for the bronze medal with a distant 226.92 total score.
Denis Ten, the pre-tournament favorite from Kazakhstan who grabbed a silver at the 2013 worlds, finished fourth on 224.80, although the 20-year-old improved to the third in men’s free skate classification.