Medvedeva and Hanyu hold on to Grand Prix crowns

Medvedeva and Hanyu hold on to Grand Prix crowns
By Sportsbeat

10/12/2016 at 21:46Updated

Yuzuru Hanyu and Evgenia Medvedeva both retained their Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final titles in Marseille.

Russian teenager Medvedeva was the first of the duo back in action on the French ice as she looked to hold on to top spot following the short program.

And the 17-year-old did exactly that, finishing with a total score of 227.66 despite a stumble to finish ahead of Satoko Miyahara of Japan, while Russian Anna Pogorilaya was third.

Next up was Hanyu and the Japanese skater was able to follow in Medvedeva's footsteps as he held on to top spot despite posting the third-best free skate score.

His total of 293.90 points was still comfortably ahead of American Nathan Chen in second as he claimed his fourth straight crown, while Shoma Uno of Japan was third.

Earlier, former Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance, clinching the elusive title for the first time in their comeback year.

Leading overnight after the short program, the Canadians won comfortably, scoring a total of 197.22 points to beat French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron by more than four points.

World silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, who are brother and sister, were second overnight but the Americans dropped to third with 189.60.

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