Champion again after 8 years – TRT Spor

In the women’s singles division of the Figure Skating World Championships, Japanese skater Kaori Sakamoto became the champion with her impeccable streak after a dazzling free program race. Belgium won its first medal in the women’s category thanks to Loena Hendricks, who finished second.

After 6 years, Japan became the champion again

Japanese Kaori Sakamoto started his program with a clean double axle. After Solo Jump and Return Element, he performed Linked Jumps in the second half of the program. Raising one hand in the air increases the level of difficulty, especially during the last jump of the 2-axel / 3-toeloop / 2-toeloop connection, the skater completes his series without losing any balance. Gaining high practice points from all his jumps, Sakamoto also got 4 difficulty ratings for turn and step sequences. Kaori Sakamoto achieved the highest individual score of the season, reaching 155.77 points in her great series with 80.10 strategy and 75.67 elements. Reaching a total of 236.09 points through the short program, Sakamoto won the World Championship again for his country after 8 years. The last women’s singles title in Japan was in 2014 with Mao Assad.

Belgium’s first medal went to Loena Hendrix

Belgian figure skater Loena Hendricks finished second in the short program, but due to a groin injury, it was thought she would not be able to continue her success in the free program, which took longer and included more jumps. However, Hendrix failed these assumptions. Hendrickx, who started his series with a 3-lutz / 3-toeloop combination, missed the second jump of this combination.

Hendrickx, who misses the triple lutz / 2li Tolup combination lutz, which he did in the second half of his program, misses a quarter turn and completes all other jumps without error. Hendrickx, who has been successful in presenting his show, which has a choreography with a high artistic presentation with high viewing pleasure, continues his series with applause from the audience. Achieving 70.66 technical and 72.04 component points, Skater’s free program score was 142.70. With 217.70 points overall, Loena Hendrickx finished her season second in the world. Hendrix’s medal was Belgium’s first world championship medal in the women’s singles category.

Third place from both Triple Axel and Alyssa Liu

Representing the United States, Alyssa Liu began her series by throwing a triple axle. 17-year-old Liu Cole missed, but did not suffer from balance problems. Finishing the short program in 5th place, Skater made his linked jump to close the points gap in the second half of his series. Liu, who only missed the second jump of the first 3-lutz / 3-toeloop connection, successfully completed all the other jumps. The skater’s turn, whose sequence of steps was calculated by the referees as a 3 degree difficulty, received a 4 degree difficulty. With 139.28 free program points, 72.63 technical and 66.65 material, Liu scored a total of 211.19 points and won a bronze medal.

Triple Excel at night

Along with Alyssa Liu of the United States, there were Mana Kawabe and Wakaba Higuchi of Japan and Young Yuo Skater of Korea who tried Triple Axel in the free program. The first triple axle jump of the night came from 17-year-old Kawabe. The Japanese sailor’s triple axles both turned into laps and fell off both legs, losing balance. Mana Kawabe, who lost points for this reason, had problems with other jumps, and finished 15th in the championship with 182.44 points.

Another Japanese skater, Wakaba Higuchi, came to the World Championships hoping for a medal, but finished the short program in 7th place. Throwing the triple axle clearly would have opened the door for him again, but Higuchi didn’t get what he wanted. Wakaba Higuchi, who was seen to be frustrated when the program started, both missed a quarter turn of his triple axle and fell.

The Japanese skater, who also made other mistakes throughout his series, slipped from the audience to great applause. Higuchi, who was seen to be a little more enthusiastic in the second half, came in 12th with 188.15 points from the competition, where he came up with a medal hope.

Another name in the championship who tried Triple Axel was Korean Young Yuo, one of the skaters who had a chance to win a medal. Skater, who started the free program as the 4th in a short program, tried Triple Axel, but lapped incompletely and lost balance. Young Yu, who lost points with the following jump errors, lost his podium chance and finished 5th in the championship with 204.91 points. Another Korean skater, Hein Lee, finished the championship with 196.55 points. With these degrees of two Korean skaters, Korea has the right to send three female skaters to next year’s World Championships.

Pleasant moments of high-level competition

The free program, where a total of 24 skaters competed, was a high-level race from the first group. Although there was fall and loss of balance, beautiful ceremonies were performed.

Anastasia Gubanova, representing Georgia in 14th place in the free program, was the biggest advance of the night due to her mistake in the triple flip jump of the short program. Gubanova, who presented all her jumps without any mistakes and got 4 difficulty levels from the sequence of turns and steps, showed off her series with her usual high artistic presentation. With this performance, Skater advanced seven places and finished the championship in 6th place with 196.61 points.
Ekaterina Kurakova, competing to represent Poland, finished the short program in 16th place. Skater, whom we are accustomed to seeing in high positions, showed his true level in the free program and presented a good program.

However, he fell into the 3-loop, the last jump of his series. After Kurakova saluted him at the end of his program, he returned to where he had fallen. Skater, who threw a clean triple loop from the competition, gave the spectators a delightful time.

One of the oldest skaters in the women’s division of the championship, 26-year-old German Nicole Shot is ranked 6th after a very successful short program. Thus, Skater, who qualified for the track in the last group, presented a clear free program series in addition to his first linked jump and finished the championship in 10th place.

Thus, Scott has become one of the names that shows that even adult skaters can present a successful series and get a place in the top 10 of this sport, where younger skaters compete and succeed.

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