Russia’s top figure skater Alina Zagitova won gold on Friday March 22nd in the ladies singles competition at the 2019 International Skating Union (ISU) world championship, which is currently underway in Japan’s Saitama.
As reported by the Russian news agency TASS, the Russian figure skater scored 237.50 points on the aggregate after the short programme and free skating. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva took the silver with 224.76 points, and the bronze went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva, with 223.80 points.
After winning the World Championship’s gold, Zagitova told journalists: “I want to thank my coaches and everyone who helped me and my coaches for their support. My friends and relatives also rendered great support."
She continued, “I was expecting a warm welcome here. This is simply an unparalleled audience and its support helped me to perform my jumps."
On Wednesday March 20th, the panel of jurors awarded Zagitova with 82.08 points for her short programme. The next best result was by Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto, with 76.86 points. Kazakhstan’s Elizabet Tursynbaeva was third with 75.96 points.
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 the team event.
Zagitova is now the first Russian female figure skater to win all the awards in ladies singles competitions, as she is also the winner of the 2018 European Championships in Moscow and the gold medallist of the 2017-2018 Grand Prix Final in Nagoya.
The 2019 ISU World Skating Championships is hosted by Japan’s Saitama between March 20th and 24th.