BORDEAUX, France (AP) Olympic bronze medalist Denis Ten took the lead in the men’s short program at Trophee Bompard on Friday, while two-time junior world champion Elena Radionova topped the women’s competition.
Ten bounced back from a disappointing fourth-place finish at Skate America last month by scoring 91.78 points to the slow tempo of ”Caruso.”
The Kazakh skater will go into Saturday’s free skate with a 3.08-point lead over world championships runner-up Tatsuki Machida of Japan. Skate America winner Machida put his hand to the ice of the Meriadeck ice rink on a triple lutz attempt.
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Russian champion Maxim Kovtun placed sixth after falling twice. His compatriot, Konstantin Menshov, was third with 87.47.
Meanwhile, Radionova of Russia stayed on course to qualify for the Grand Prix Final, which will feature the top six skaters, pairs and dance couples in each category.
The Skate America winner nailed all her jumps while energetically skating to salsa music to score a season-best 67.28 points, closely followed by her compatriot, world championships runner-up Julia Lipnitskaia (66.79).
Defending champion Ashley Wagner was third with 61.35. She is aiming to become the first American since Michelle Kwan in 2001 to qualify for three straight GP Finals.
Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov scored 71.20 points to lead the pairs competition with a short program to the sound of ”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” The Rostelecom Cup winners were 3.93 points clear of China’s Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, the runners-up at Skate Canada.
In ice dance, the withdrawal of world champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy opened the door for French duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron. The Cup of China winners were 2.16 points ahead of Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier.
Trophee Bompard is the fifth event of the Grand Prix series. The NHK Trophy next week in Osaka will be the last chance for ice skaters to qualify for the GP Final from Dec. 11-14 in Barcelona, Spain.