Andrei Mozalev crowned world champion


Andrei Mozalev became new world champion after producing the best free program Friday evening. Aleksandr Selevko finished 9th in front of home audience.

Russia’s Andrei Mozalev to a confident victory at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn on Friday, ending a series of silver medals. Yuma Kagiyama had to settle for silver and Russian Petr Gumennik soared from ninth to earn bronze.

Mozalev and Kagiyama were debuting at the World Junior Championships while Gumennik competed the year before.

Skating to “Lost in Blue”, “My Own Paradise” and “In This Shirt”, Mozalev hit a quad toe-triple toe, a solo quad toe as well as two triple Axels and four more triple jumps. The Youth Olympic Games silver medalist collected a level four for his three spins and set a new personal best of 160.78 points in the Free Skating.

With a total score of 245.09 points, the ISU Grand Prix Final silver medalist overtook Short Program leader Kagiyama and won the title with almost 14 points to spare.

Kagiyama produced a quad toe-double toe combination, a triple Axel-half loop-triple Salchow as well as four more triples in his routine.

Gumennik reeled off a quad toe-double toe combination, a triple Axel as well as five more triple jumps and difficult spins and steps. He only underrotated the solo quad toe and a triple flip.

Aleksandr Selevko from Estonia started on fourth place but failed to do a clean program falling of quad toe and making some mistakes on other elements as well. With the total score of 207 points Selevko ranked 9th overall.

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