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Figure Skating: Slutskaya Wins Cup of Russia Grand Prix Event


World and European champion Irina Slutskaya has won the Cup of Russia Grand Prix figure skating event with a personal best in the long program.

Slutskaya landed all of her jumps but did not do the second part of her opening triple lutz-double toe loop combination. However, she compensated with a triple-triple-double run and finished the long program with 130.48 points.

Combined with her short program score, Slutskaya finished with a total of 198.06 points, 25 points ahead of second-placed finisher Miki Ando of Japan. Another Japanese skater, Yoshie Onda, won the bronze medal 55 points behind the Russian.

The men's long program is later Saturday with Russian Evgeni Plushenko in the lead. World champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland is second with American Johnny Weir third.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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