China's Jin Boyang second, Chinese pairs one-two at Cup of China

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/11/20 7:20:58

China's Jin Boyang competes during the Men's short program at the Audi Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016 in Beijing, capital of China, November 18, 2016. Photo:Xinhua

China's Jin Boyang competes during the Men's short program at the Audi Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2016 in Beijing, capital of China, November 18, 2016. Photo:Xinhua


 
China's promising teenager Jin Boyang took second in the Figure Skating Cup of China men's competition on Saturday, while his compatriots Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao and Peng Cheng/Jin Yang earned one-two finish in pairs competition.

China's 2006 Turin Games silver medalist Zhang Hao and his new partner Yu Xiaoyu, skating to the music "I will wait for you", claimed the title with 203.76 points, followed by Peng/Jin with 197.96 points. Canada's pair Liubov Ilyushechkina/Dylan Moscovitch finished third with 191.54 points, and another China's pair Wang Xuehan/Wang Lei finished fourth with 182.02 points.

"All three pairs have done their best, but they give themselves too much pressure today. We are working on details, but there are still some flaws in today's performances, which is unavoidable," said Zhao Hongbo, head coach of China's pairs figure skating.

Canada's Patrick Chan won men's title with 279.72 points, and Jin Boyang ranked second with 278.54 points, while Russia's Sergei Voronov came third in 243.76 points.

Jin, finished second last year at Cup of China as well, performed to the music "La Strada" but fell on the combination of quadruple toeloop and double toeloop.

"I think I did a good job today, but I made a little mistake in a quadruple and that influenced my scores, even though I'm still satisfied with my performance," said the 19-year-old Jin.

Russia's Elena Radionova won the ladies title by a total of 205.90 points, followed by Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond with 196.00 points, while Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva came third in 192.57 points.

"I'm very happy that I finished first today. My performance was not perfect today, but it was the best of the season so far," said the 17-year-old Russian figure skater, who got emotional at the end of her performance.

China's Li Zijun was out of form and only ranked eighth.

In the ice dance, Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States won the title with 185.13 points. Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje earned 181.54 points to take second, while Russia's Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin came third in 177.41.

Audi Cup of China, running from Nov. 18 to 20, is the fifth of six events in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series 2016/17. Skaters compete for points to qualify for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and a prize money of US 180,000 dollars per individual event of the Grand Prix.

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