Figure skating: Paganini and Yamada qualified for the free program

As during the European Championships 2 years ago, Switzerland will present two skaters in the women’s free program in Tallinn. Alexia Paganini and Yasmine Kimiko Yamada qualified for Saturday’s final finishing 9th and 21st respectively in the short program.

Despite her intermediate top 10 finish, Paganini shouldn’t be entirely satisfied. With 62.32 points in the short program, she remained well below her best score of 68.82 points, which she achieved 2 years ago at the Europeans. She then finished 4th. With 56.54 points, Yamada remained slightly below his best performance of the season.

The young Russian Kamila Valieva, aged 15, participating for the 1st time in the adult championships, leads the way with a world record in the short program. She collected 90.45 points after an impeccable performance. Better than his 87.42 points obtained at the Russian Grand Prix at the end of November. The 2020 junior world champion is well ahead of Belgian Loena Hendrickx as well as her compatriots Alexandra Trussova and Anna Schtscherbakowa. The defending champion, the Russian Alena Kostornaja, is absent in Tallinn due to an injury.

ats / mdela

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