Elizaveta Tuktamysheva shed tears as she wowed her large worldwide fan base by scooping silver at the World Figure Skating Championships for Russia on one notable night, finishing second after 16-year-old Anna Shcherbakova.
Six years after her last participation in the World Cup in Shanghai, Tuktamysheva was overwhelmed with emotion when she returned triumphantly in Stockholm with 220.46 points.
Tuktamysheva, a relative veteran at the age of 24, was unable to overtake the Shcherbakova sensation who followed in the footsteps of last year’s winner Alena Kostornaia to ensure a teenage Russian took the world title for the eighth consecutive year .
Another 16-year-old, Alexandra Trusova, made an exciting comeback to win bronze and secure a clean podium for Russia. She tried five quads when she won the small gold medal for free skate, finishing behind Tuktamysheva with 217.20 points and 3.26 points.
LADIES FINAL: 1 Anna Shcherbakova FSR 233.17 🥇2 Elizaveta Tuktamysheva FSR 220.46 🥈3 Alexandra Trusova FSR 217.20 🥉4 Karen Chen USA 208.635 Loena Hendrickx BEL 208.44 6 Kaori Sakamoto JPN 207.807 Rikahira JPN # 205.70 ( Cont.
– Team Swan (@team_swan) March 26, 2021
Anna Shcherbakova, 16, takes gold. A Russian woman aged 18 or younger won the biggest title of the season in the past eight years. 2014: Sotnikova 2015: Tuktamysheva 2016: Medvedeva 2017: Medvedeva 2018: Zagitova 2019: Zagitova2020: Kostornaia 2021: Shcherbakova
– Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) March 26, 2021
Each of the three dropped at least one point in their free skates, including Shcherbakova, who was grounded on a quadruple flip but hit back with seven triple jumps, including a triple lutz-triple loop combo.
“I’m really not happy with my performance,” said Shcherbakova afterwards, despite her legitimate grin. “I’m really happy to be the first overall because it was my goal.
“It was a real fight for me because from the first element everything was not what I wanted it to be and in everyone [remaining] Element i understood that i [had to] try my best for the element and don’t lose any points. “
Confirmed: Tuktamysheva’s six-year absence on the #worldfigure podium is the biggest gap since Brit Daphne Walker won silver in Stockholm (!) In 1947, eight years after her bronze in Prague in 1939. In between there were six championships canceled due to World War II.
– Joe Erbentraut (@robojojo) March 26, 2021
Scoring disputes continued to rage online, although any resentment was largely replaced by admiration for the winning trio and a chorus of croaks over Tuktamysheva, who also won gold at the 2015 European Championships in the Swedish capital.
Shcherbakova laughed at the spot where the Russian flag almost fell from the stand before the organizers adjusted and raised it again.
“She’s an absolute legend,” concluded one fan after seeing Tuktamysheva hit two triple axles in her skate. “That will go down in history.”
I’m not going to lie when I saw Elizaveta Tuktamysheva win silver at the World Figure Skating Championships at midnight this morning (ancient in figure skating for women). pic.twitter.com/VPs3pv4CcN
– Patrick Thomsen (@_PatrickThomsen), March 26, 2021
The judging was obviously questionable (why don’t the judges give Kaori Sakamoto the GOE / components she deserves?) But that’s a huge feat for Liza. It just doesn’t happen. #worldfigure
– Joe Erbentraut (@robojojo) March 26, 2021
Another said: “There wasn’t a girl who didn’t fall today – so this was one of the strangest championships ever.
“But I’m so, so, so happy for Anya Scherbakova and especially for Liza Tuktamysheva, who is an incredible fighter.”
One editor and figure skating fanatic said Tuktamysheva’s absence from the podium was the longest since Brit Daphne Walker took silver in Stockholm in 1947.
Well, there wasn’t a girl who didn’t fall today, so this was one of the strangest championships ever, but I’m so happy for Anya Scherbakova and especially Lisa Tuktamysheva who is an incredible fighter
– svaðilfari (@gardarikitswift) March 26, 2021
Liza Tuktamysheva Silver Medal💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖
– ppam🌺🌸 | 🏠🎉 | ❌📞haben | 🚫🆒 | 👍☀️🌈 (@ plaespam26) March 26, 2021
“The assessment was obviously questionable, but this is a great achievement for Liza,” they said. “It just doesn’t happen.”
Shcherbakova will turn 17 on Sunday. “I really didn’t think about it before because I was just thinking about my competition,” she replied when asked how she was going to celebrate.
“But maybe we will do something with my coaches. I really want to thank them. It was a very difficult season.”
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