Success for Russian pairs in Tallinn

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Apollinariia Panfilova and Dmitri Rylov led Russia to a fifth clean sweep of the Pairs medals at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn.  

Kseniia Akhanteva/Valerii Kolesov Kseniia Akhanteva and Valeri Kolesov claimed the silver with the bronze going to Iuliaa Artemeva and Mikhail Nazarychev. The silver and bronze medalists were making their debuts at the competition.

Russian Pairs swept the podium at Junior Worlds in 1985, 1986, 2018 and 2019.

Skating last, Panfilova/Rylov put out a confident performance to “The Third Person” soundtrack, completing a huge triple twist that earned a +5 Grade of Execution from all nine judges, a throw triple loop and flip, a double Axel-Euler-double Salchow combination as well as level-four lifts, spin and death spiral.

The ISU Junior Grand Prix Final Champions scored 122.25 points and totaled 195.96 to win the title with more than 20 points to spare. It was their second medal at the ISU World Junior Championships after the silver a year ago.


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