Yelena Radionova leads Russian sweep at Rostelecom Cup

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Russian Yelena Radionova led the first Grand Prix women’s podium sweep by one nation since 2008 at Rostelecom Cup on Saturday.

Radionova, World junior champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova topped the standings in the Moscow event following the free skate.

The last women’s Grand Prix podium sweep was by Japan at 2008 NHK Trophy.

NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra will have Rostelecom Cup coverage Sunday from 12-1:30 p.m. ET.

Radionova, the leader after Friday’s short program, performed a clean free skate with seven triple jumps to notch her third career Grand Prix title. Her 211.32 total points are the highest by any skater since Mao Asada won the March 2014 World Championship.

The 16-year-old clinched her second straight Grand Prix Final berth and will look to better last year’s silver medal at the December event in Barcelona. She previously finished third at Cup of China this season.

“I feel I redeemed myself after the Cup of China,” Radionova said, according to the International Skating Union.

Medvedeva, also 16 and the reigning World junior champion, totaled 206.76 points after landing seven triple jumps in her free skate with no major errors. Medvedeva won Skate America in October and also qualified for the six-skater Grand Prix Final.

Sotnikova, in her first top-level competition since winning the Sochi Olympics, improved from fourth after the short program for the bronze medal. Sotnikova erred near the end of her program, performing a weak double-single jump combination and falling on a double Axel. Watch her free skate here.

Sotnikova cannot qualify for the Grand Prix Final since she’s only competing in one qualifying event and not the required two.

U.S. Olympian Polina Edmunds was fourth.

The Grand Prix season continues next week with NHK Trophy in Japan, where Ashley Wagner will look to qualify for the Grand Prix Final with a podium finish.

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Top Grand Prix season scores
1. Yelena Radionova (RUS) — 211.32 (Rostelecom Cup)
2. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.76 (Rostelecom Cup)
3. Yevgenia Medvedeva (RUS) — 206.01 (Skate America)
4. Gracie Gold (USA) — 202.80 (Skate America)
5. Ashley Wagner (USA) — 202.52 (Skate Canada)
6. Mao Asada (JPN) — 197.48 (Cup of China)
7. Rika Hongo (JPN) — 195.76 (Cup of China)
8. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS) — 188.99 (Skate Canada)
9. Satoko Miyahara (JPN) — 188.07 (Skate America)

Chicago Marathon canceled; one major marathon left in 2020

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The Chicago Marathon, scheduled for Oct. 11, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the fourth World Marathon Major called off this year.

Organizers cited the challenge of staging the 45,000-runner event “out of concern for the safety of event participants, volunteers, event staff and spectators.”

Previously, major marathons were canceled in Berlin (originally scheduled for Sept. 27), Boston (April 20, then Sept. 14) and New York City (Nov. 1). The London Marathon, originally scheduled for April 26 and postponed to Oct. 4, remains scheduled.

The other World Marathon Major, Tokyo, took place on its scheduled date of March 1 but with elite runners only.

Last year, Kenyan Brigid Kosgei won Chicago by taking 81 seconds off Paula Radcliffe‘s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record. Kosgei clocked 2:14:04.

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China remain scheduled

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Figure skating Grand Prix events in China in November and December remain scheduled, the International Skating Union announced Monday, four days after reports about international sporting events in China being canceled through the end of 2020.

A notice about sports events, issued Thursday by the General Administration of Sport of China, made an exception for Beijing Winter Olympic test events and other preparations for the first Winter Games in China in February 2022.

The Grand Prix Final, the second-most prestigious annual figure skating competition, is still scheduled for December in Beijing because it is an Olympic test event.

Furthermore, the Cup of China, one of six events across the globe that determines Grand Prix Final qualifiers, remains scheduled for November in Chongqing because it is related to the Final.

“Like for all other five ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events in the different countries, this is of course subject to finding the necessary logistical, medical and safety solutions to hold the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating events as planned,” according to the ISU.

The ISU previously announced it set a deadline to decide on possible event cancellations: 12 weeks before an event starts. For the first Grand Prix Series competition, Skate America in Las Vegas, the decision deadline is Aug. 1.

The ISU council will meet virtually on Aug. 3 to decide on further action for upcoming competitions.

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