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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Butyrskaya, Yagudin Victorious As French Sweep Team Events




PARIS -- Russian world champions Alexei Yagudin and Maria Butyrskaya won the individual titles at the Lalique Trophy grand prix event Saturday.


Yagudin won the men's competition from Frenchman Vincent Restencourt, a surprise second after placing only fifth in Friday's short program. Bulgarian Ivan Dinev was third.


Butyrskaya took the women's title ahead of compatriot Victoria Volchkova and 15-year-old American Sarah Hughes after Saturday's free programs.


All three of the top women hit five triple jumps in their programs. Butyrskaya and Hughes each fell once while Volchkova bailed out of a few jumps.


The judges were undecided as to who should have been the winner. Butyrskaya had three first-place votes and so did Volchkova. The final first-place vote went to Hughes.


"After last week's win in Germany I expected to do better, but I am slightly disappointed in how I skated," Butyrskaya said. "I still have things to improve upon in choreography and jumping."


Volchkova is among half a dozen young Russian women trying for three spots on the national team. The women's competition promises to be the highlight of the Cup of Russia, which will take place beginning Thursday in St. Petersburg.


"It is only my second competition of the season and I will have to do better at the Russian championships," Volchkova, 17, said.


France took both team events in the Bercy stadium, Sarah Abitbol and Stephane Bernadis winning the pairs competition for the second successive year and Marina Anissina and Gwendal Peizerat the ice dance for the third time.


Bernadis and Abitbol finished ahead of Russians Tatyana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, with Poles Dorota Zagorska and Mariusz Siudek third.


Italians Barbara Fusar-Poli and Maurizio Margaglio were second in the ice dance, with Margarita Drobziako and Povilas Vanagas of Lithuania third.