Guinzbourg shows vast improvement to place fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

CHELYABINSK, Russia – Alec Guinzbourg of Aurora, Ont., shattered his previous best international score on Friday to place fourth in men’s competition at the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Russia was 1-2-3 with Petr Gumennik first at 222.14, Artur Danielian second at 221.93 and Ilya Yablokov third at 207.68.

Guinzbourg delivered a clean free program to better his score from last year’s Grand Prix appearance by more than 20 points finishing at 185.80 points. His previous best was 162.90 set in an 11th place finish.

In his free skate Friday, the 14-year-old, executed seven jumps including three in combination and two double Axels. He was fourth after the short and remained there despite the seventh best ranked free skate.

Iliya Kovler of Richmond Hill, Ont., climbed from 10th to sixth spot at 179.74.

In pairs, Russian teams grabbed the top four positions with Kseniia Akhanteva and Valerii Kolesov taking the gold with 185.05 points. Brooke McIntosh and Brandon Toste of Toronto were sixth and Patricia Andrew of London, Ont., and Zachary Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., were eighth.

In Thursday’s ice dancing, Elizaveta Shanaeva and Devid Naryzhnyy of Russia are first after the rhythm dance at 67.70 and their compatriots Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin second at 64.79.

Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., beat their personal best by nearly 12 points to stand third at 59.83 and Irina Galiyanova and Grayson Lochhead of Scarborough, Ont., are fourth at 57.86, also a PB.

In women’s competition, Russians stand 1-2-3 after the short program led by Kamila Valieva while Olivia Gran of Kelowna, B.C., is 13th.

Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and women’s free skate.

Full results: JGP RUS 2019

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