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Russian figure skater Trusova breaks Zagitova's world record

The 15-year-old Trusova received 163.78 points for free rental
Alexandra Trusova AP Photo/Darko Bandic
Alexandra Trusova
© AP Photo/Darko Bandic

MOSCOW, September 21. /TASS /. Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova set new world records in the free program and by the number of total points at the pre-season tournament of the International Skating Union (ISU) Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Slovakia.

The 15-year-old Trusova received 163.78 points for free rental; the result of the athlete in the total of programs was 238.69 points. The previous records belonged to the 2018 Russian Olympic champion and world champion Alina Zagitova (158.50 points in the free program and 238.43 in total). The world record holder in the short program is Japanese Rika Kihira (83.97). In the application for a free program, Trusova had three jumps in four turns - Lutz, as well as two toe loops, one of which is in a cascade with a triple toe loop. The skater was able to cleanly perform all the elements (with the exception of the cascade - the athlete made a mistake by making the last jump in two turns), including jumps of increased complexity, which includes quads, and received 98.34 points for the technique, which also became a new record. The previous best achievement in technical evaluation for an arbitrary program also belonged to Trusova - 92.35 points. In addition, for the first time in the history of women's single skating, the skater was able to cleanly perform three quadruple jumps in the free style program.

The tournament in Slovakia was the first for Trusova at the adult level, the athlete decided to abandon her junior level performance last season. Trusova is a two-time world champion among juniors. The only other Russian skater to manage this achievement was Elena Radionova (2013, 2014). In addition, she has two victories at the Russian Championship among juniors; four-won stages of the junior Grand Prix, as well as the gold of the series finale. In the first season of her international career (2017/18), the skater did not lose a single tournament, and in the second she lost only in the two - the final of the Junior Grand Prix (second place, victory: Alena Kostornaya) and the adult championship of Russia (second place, victory: Anna Shcherbakova)

Trusova will make her debut at the adult Grand Prix in Canada (October 25-27), she will also perform at the series stage in Russia (November 15-17).