Figure Skating

Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford win Grand Prix Final pairs event

Canadian pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Saturday after extending their lead with a personal best free skate. Fellow Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won the ice dance competition.

Fellow Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver, Andrew Poje rule ice dance

Canadian pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford wIn the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final, extending their lead with a personal best. 5:16

Canadian pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final on Saturday after extending their lead with a personal best free skate.

The world bronze medallists received 146.22 points for their routine performed to a medley of rock band Muse, giving them a winning total of 220.72.

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were second with 213.72, followed by China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han with 194.31.

"Our goal coming here was to stand on the podium, so to win is a bonus," said Duhamel.

Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., are enjoying a standout season, with victories in both their Grand Prix events — Skate Canada International and NHK Trophy in Japan.

Weaver, Poje take ice dance

Canadians came out on top in the ice dance competition as well.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won the ice dance with a total of 181.14 after earning 109.80 for their free dance to Vivaldi's "Four Seasons."

"Andrew and I felt like we gave everything," Weaver said. "We felt calm and prepared and that's the best zone to compete in. It's been our best competition yet."

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates remained in second with 167.09, while France's Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron moved up into third with 162.39.

Russians own women's competition

In the women's competition, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia won the Grand Prix Final after extending her lead with a personal best free skate on Saturday.

The 17-year-old, who broke her foot in March, cruised through her program to finish with 136.06 points for a winning total of 203.58.

"When I was injured I understood I could not give up skating," Tuktamysheva said through a translator. "I have this fighting spirit."

Fifteen-year-old countrywoman Elena Radionova finished second with 198.74.

American Ashley Wagner rebounded from her shaky short program with a score of 129.26— 0.26 from her personal best free skate — to repeat her third-place finish from last year's final with 189.50 points.

Japan's Hanyu tops the men

Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu successfully defended his Grand Prix Final title after extending his lead on Saturday with a masterful free skate performance worth a personal best score.

Hanyu barely qualified for the final with a fourth-place finish at the NHK Trophy following a scary on-ice collision with another skater during warm-ups at the Cup of China last month.

But the Japanese 20-year-old produced a second commanding performance in as many days to the sounds of the "Phantom of the Opera," to keep the title he won last year at home.

Hanyu said he was still not recovered from his accident, even if it was hard to tell.

"I am not perfect today, not yet, but I did it!" he said. "I only had (two) weeks since NHK to be able to accomplish this thanks to my team."

Hanyu nailed his two opening quadruple jumps and he eased through the other elements until falling on his final triple lutz. But it didn't matter, as he earned a shower of teddy bears and 194.08 points for a winning total of 288.16.

Spaniard Javier Fernandez climbed from fifth place into second with a total of 253.90 to thrill his fans at the packed International Convention Center.

Sergei Voronov of Russia was third with 244.53.

With files from The Associated Press


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