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Medvedeva wins NHK Trophy to secure Grand Prix berth

OSAKA, Japan (AP) Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva won the NHK Trophy on Saturday to secure a place in the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix final.

The Russian, who was first after the short program, recovered from a shaky start to win the free skate for a total of 224.39 points.

Carolina Kostner of Italy was second with 212.24 points, followed by Russia’s Polina Tsurskaya with 210.19.

Medvedeva fell on her opening triple flip and two-footed a triple lutz but nailed the rest of her jumps. Combined with her win at Cup of Russia last month, Medvedeva booked her place at the Dec. 7-10 Grand Prix final in Nagoya, Japan.

World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the gold medal in pairs with 234.53 points.

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were second, followed by compatriots Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov.

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