Leonova wins Finlandia Trophy
HELSINKI -- Alena Leonova of Russia won the ladies' competition in the annual Finlandia Trophy figure skating event on Sunday, and Sinead and John Kerr of Britain won the ice dance title.
Leonova, the world junior champion last season, won both the short program and the free skate, to amass 162.17 points for a clear victory.
Reigning European champion Laura Lepisto of Finland was second with 154.33 points, moving up from sixth after the short program. Kiira Korpi of Finland was third (152.84 points), ahead of Canadian newcomer Myriane Samson.
Japan's Fumie Suguri, the 2006 world silver medalist, was seventh after botching two triple lutzes.
Anastasia Platonova and Alexander Grachev of Russia were second in the ice dance, nearly 15 points behind the British duo.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan continued to impress in his comeback, winning the men's event on Saturday. The 2007 world silver medalist missed all of last season with a knee injury, and is hoping to win a spot at the Vancouver Olympics on what will be a highly competitive Japanese men's team.
Sergei Voronov of Russia edged Takahashi by 0.7 points in the free skate, but was unable to overcome Takahashi's commanding lead in the short program. Takahashi finished with 224.25 points, more than 14 ahead of Voronin. Steven Carriere of the United States was third.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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