MOSCOW (Kyodo) — Russian Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the Rostelecom Cup’s women’s competition on Saturday night, while Japan’s Yuna Shiraiwa settled for fifth.

Zagitova, who had a comfortable lead after Friday’s short program, scored 142.17 points in the free skates to win her second-straight ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating event. She booked a spot in December’s Grand Prix Finals in Vancouver.

The 16-year-old, who won the meet in Helsinki two weeks ago, earned a 222.95 total to finish 24.94 points ahead of compatriot Sofia Samodurova. South Korea’s Lim Eun Soo was third.

Shiraiwa, competing at this tournament as a substitute for compatriot Wakaba Higuchi, who withdrew due to a right-foot injury, fell while attempting her final jump.

“I wonder why I made that mistake. I want to win a medal at the national championship so I need to train more,” she said.

Japan’s Mako Yamashita, who made her senior debut this year, finished seventh, while Yura Matsuda was ninth.


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