The national championship is an annual senior competition that brings together Russian skaters to compete in the disciplines of men’s singles, ladies’ singles, pair skating, and ice dancing. The results of the competition are among the criteria used to select Russia’s teams to the European and World Championships.

Under qualification terms of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, the first two winners of the national championship secure their places for the European Championship, while the fate of the third number is determined by the coaching council of 17 people.

Shcherbakova topped the tournament, leaving the second place to 16-year-old Kostornaia, while Trusova took the third spot. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, a champion of the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games, and Anastasia Gulyakova will participate at the upcoming Championship as reserve skaters.

After performing her jaw-dropping free routine which included three quadruple jumps, first-year senior Anna Shcherbakova scored 261.87 points, leaving behind Kostornaia who got 259.83. Shcherbakova flawlessly nailed a quadruple lutz-quadruple toe-loop combination before adding a single quad lutz and a quad flip triggering standing ovation from the crowd, while Kostornaia had two triple Axels in her free but no quads and minor landing errors…

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