Tuktamysheva claims Russian title

AFP-JIJI

Sixteen-year-old Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the junior world championship runnerup and Youth Olympics winner, clinched her first Russian figure skating title on Thursday despite coming close to pulling out through injury.

Tuktamysheva, who won with a personal best of 196.57 points, had complained of a foot injury after her short program and was very close to a withdrawal at the event held at the 12,000-seat Iceberg Arena, the venue for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

“I feel really bad,” she said. “But it was our joint decision to skate today — mine and my coach. It was very important for me to clinch a place at the European championships. It was my main goal of the year and I’m happy I could fulfill it.”