OSAKA, Japan – Two-time planet winner Evgenia Medvedeva took the guide at the NHK Trophy right after Friday’s short application.
Skating to Nocturne, Medvedeva strike all her jumps at Osaka Municipal Gymnasium and gained 79.99 factors.
Carolina Kostner of Italy was up coming with 74.57 factors, followed by Polina Tsurskaya of Russia with 70.04.
Medvedeva received the Rostelecom Cup at house in Russia past month and is in Osaka searching to receive a spot at up coming month’s Grand Prix Last in Nagoya, Japan.
Her short application incorporated a triple flip-triple toe loop blend, a triple loop and a double axel.
“After today’s general performance I really do not have way too many feelings due to the fact I nonetheless have to do the absolutely free skating tomorrow,” Medvedeva reported. “It was an Okay general performance, I could do some issues much better, the double axel for illustration. In the absolutely free application, I want to demonstrate magnificence and I want to give pleasure to the men and women who are viewing.”
Kostner’s general performance to “Ne Me Quitte Pas” highlighted a triple toe-triple toe blend, a triple loop and a double axel.
“After I received off the ice, I wasn’t positive if I was satisfied or not,” the 2012 planet winner reported. “Now, that some time has handed, I am quite pleased about how I skated. Nowadays was a lot more of a struggle. You have days when it is not so quick and you will need to get into that battling manner. Nowadays I was equipped to do that and I’m pleased that I did it.”
In the pairs short application, planet champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han were being in to start with spot.
Skating to “Hallelujah,” the Chinese duo scored 79.43 factors to complete ahead Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov.
Before Friday, Yuzuru Hanyu withdrew from the occasion right after injuring his ankle in apply, a setback that could have a significant affect on his preparations for an Olympic title protection.
The 22-calendar year-old Hanyu withdrew just before the short application, a working day right after falling even though trying a quadruple lutz in apply, and a few months just before the Pyeongchang Olympics.
He appeared to be favoring his right ankle but did not go away apply on Thursday. He skated in the course of the run by means of for his absolutely free skate, although he did not do any even more jumps.
Hanyu reported in a statement he will go by means of procedure with an eye toward having component in the Dec. 19-24 Japan nationals.
Russian skater Sergei Voronov led right after the men’s short application with 90.06 factors. Alexi Bychenko of Israel was next with 85.52 factors, even though Jason Brown of the United States was 3rd with 85.36.
The NHK is the fourth occasion of the Worldwide Skating Union’s Grand Prix sequence. The men’s, women’s and pairs absolutely free skate is on Saturday.