Suzuki roars into Sapporo lead

Fri, 11 Nov 11:43:00 2011

Akiko Suzuki upstaged compatriot Mao Asada in the short programme at the NHK Trophy in Sapporo.

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2010 world champion Asada is down in third after scoring 58.42 behind Suzuki who won the silver at Skate Canada two weeks ago.

Russia's Alena Leonova is looking to improve from her fourth place finish at Skate Canada and is second.

Three-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy lead after the short programme in the pairs event.

The Germans, who struck gold at Skate America, lead from home favourites Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran.

Russians Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov hold first position after the short programme in the ice dance in their first event this season.

World ice dance bronze medallists Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani are down in third behind the Canadian duo of Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje.

The NHK Trophy is the fourth of six Grand Prix events this year with places up for stake at the Grand Prix final in Quebec City in December.

GP Japon short dance

Ladies - Short Programme

1 Akiko SUZUKI JPN 66.55

2 Alena LEONOVA RUS 61.76

3 Mao ASADA JPN 58.42

4 Elene GEDEVANISHVILI GEO 57.37

5 Ashley WAGNER USA 55.88

6 Agnes ZAWADZKI USA 53.84

7 Kiira KORPI FIN 53.70

8 Mae Berenice MEITE FRA 52.05

9 Cynthia PHANEUF CAN 45.42

10 Shoko ISHIKAWA JPN 45.07

Pairs - Short Programme

1 Aliona SAVCHENKO / Robin SZOLKOWY GER 59.23

2 Narumi TAKAHASHI / Mervin TRAN JPN 57.89

3 Stefania BERTON / Ondrej HOTAREK ITA 56.23

4 Caydee DENNEY / John COUGHLIN USA 55.48

5 Yuko KAVAGUTI / Alexander SMIRNOV RUS 55.02

6 Lubov ILIUSHECHKINA / Nodari MAISURADZE RUS 53.12

7 Marissa CASTELLI / Simon SHNAPIR USA 49.93

8 Natasha PURICH / Raymond SCHULTZ CAN 45.56

Ice Dance - Short Dance

1 Elena ILINYKH / Nikita KATSALAPOV RUS 61.83

2 Kaitlyn WEAVER / Andrew POJE CAN 60.07

3 Maia SHIBUTANI / Alex SHIBUTANI USA 59.02

4 Nelli ZHIGANSHINA / Alexander GAZSI GER 55.69

5 Lorenza ALESSANDRINI / Simone VATURI ITA 54.37

6 Lynn KRIENGKRAIRUT / Logan GIULIETTI USA 50.81

7 Alexandra PAUL / Mitchell ISLAM CAN 49.36

8 Cathy REED / Chris REED JPN 49.36

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