American Isabeu Levito won the women’s title at the Grand Prix figure skating tournament in Angers (France). This is the third of six races in the Figure Skating Grand Prix series, where the world’s best competitors collect points for the final in Beijing, China, from December 7 to 10.
Levito collected 203.22 points from his two programs and took the first Grand Prix gold of his career, and also qualified for the circuit final.
Belgium’s Nina Pinzarone climbed from fourth to second with 198.80 points, while Japan’s Rion Sumiyoshi was third with 197.76 after being fifth in the short program but winning the pole vault.
Levito performed a triple lutz-triple toulup as well as four more clean triple jumps. The Skate America silver medalist failed in the combined triple salchow and tripped on her final pirouette.
“I’m very proud that I managed to improve on last season’s result in the Grand Prix circuit. My aim was to win at least one of the races to ensure I reach the final,” she said.
European champions and world runners-up Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri of Italy convincingly won gold in the pairs dance with 214.54 points. She was followed by the Canadians Lawrence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolay Sørensen with 205.15 points, and third are the representatives of the hosts Evgenia Lopareva and Geoffrey Brissot with 190.82 points.
Later this evening, the competition continues with the men’s free program and sports pairs.