BEIJING—Russian teenager Kamila Valieva dominated the Olympic ice on Tuesday night time, preventing again tears as she accomplished a skate that put her on the high of the quick program standings.
The 15-year-old has been engulfed by a doping scandal in Beijing, however was cheered by spectators as she took to the ice for first time since information of her failed medication take a look at.
For 2 minutes and 40 seconds, tens of millions around the globe watched her each transfer, her music, In Memoriam by Kirill Richter, nearly drowned out by the click of cameras.
Valieva tested positive for a banned heart drug after the nationwide championships on Dec. 25, however the end result was not revealed till Feb. 8, after she and her Russian Olympic Committee staff mates had competed within the staff competitors in Beijing.
This time, the routine that had dazzled followers solely days earlier bought off to a less than excellent begin.
Valieva had been anticipated to execute three high-flying triple jumps. However in entrance of her coach Eteri Tutberidze and physician Filipp Shvetsky, additionally now within the highlight, she discovered the opening triple Axel – having fallen twice as she tried that soar throughout afternoon apply.
Valieva, carrying a flowing crystal-encrusted purple gown, accomplished her triple Lutz-triple toeloop mixture, however her rating of 82.16 manner was under the 90.18 rating she bought on the staff occasion.
Such is her dominance, nevertheless, that it was nonetheless sufficient to place her forward of fellow Russian Anna Shcherbakova, the world champion, on 80.20, and third-placed Kaori Sakamoto, from Japan, on 79.84.
Alexandra Trusova, additionally representing the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), was fourth with a rating of 74.60.
The main skaters progress to the free skate on Thursday, the place no medals will be awarded if Valieva, whose optimistic drug take a look at has solid a shadow over your entire Beijing Video games, finishes within the high three.
Valieva was cleared to compete by sport’s highest court docket, however is not going to face a listening to for her doping cost till effectively after the top of the Video games. Olympic officers can’t award the medals till the doping case is resolved.
Her protection argued within the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport that her optimistic take a look at was caused by a mix-up with her grandfather’s heart medication, an IOC official stated.
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