There were some outstanding performances at this week’s Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, but it was really all about the hometown boy.
Denis Ten was the star of the show and certainly lived up to his billing. He skated a flawless short programme to establish a lead of just over five points. In the free skating, he struggled with a quadruple toe loop and two triple Axel attempts, one of which he singled. Despite the mistakes, the 2014 Olympic bronze medallist won by over 14 points.
Japan’s Keiji Tanaka finished second and Alexander Majorov from Sweden came third.
Elena Radionova was a mere 0.01 points ahead of 2015 World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva after the short. The challenge of her Russian compatriot faded away in the free and, despite the 2015 World bronze medallist falling on a triple loop late in her routine, she emerged victorious.
Rin Nitaya and Hinano Isobe secured silver and bronze for Japan respectively.
Alexandra Nazarova and Maxim Nikitin won gold for Ukraine in ice dance. Sofia Evdokimova and Egor Bazin from Russia picked up silver with Germany’s Shari Koch and Christian Nuechtern bagged bronze.