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Russia's Zagitova says planned withdrawing from World Championship in Japan

April 12, 19:04 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Zagitova is now the first Russian female figure skater to win all awards in ladies singles competitions

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Alina Zagitova

Alina Zagitova

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MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. /TASS/. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova said on Friday that three days before the 2019 ISU World Championship in Japan’s Saitama last month she had plans to withdraw from the tournament as she had been afraid ‘to disgrace’ Russia.

Zagitova scored 237.50 points on the aggregate after the short program and free skating at the world championship in Japan to win the gold. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva took the silver with the result of 224.76 points and the bronze went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva (223.80 points).

"I had a very difficult training and was experiencing a problem with jumps," Zagitova said speaking at the "Vecherny Urgant" TV show on Channel One explaining why she wanted to withdraw from the championship. "I did not want to disgrace Russia because I am performing not for myself only, but for the whole country."

The 2019 ISU (International Skating Union) World Skating Championships was hosted by Japan’s Saitama between March 20 and 24.

In addition to the gold of the 2019 ISU World Championship, Zagitova, 16, is the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics gold medalist in singles and the silver medalist in team event.

Zagitova is now the first Russian female figure skater to win all awards in ladies singles competitions as she is also the winner of the 2018 European Championships in Moscow and the gold medalist of the 2017-2018 Grand Prix Final in Nagoya.

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