Ilia Malinin Makes History With Six Quadruple Jumps to Win First World Figure Skating Title


Ilia Malinin Makes History With Six Quadruple Jumps to Win First World Figure Skating Title

Ilia Malinin secured his first world figure skating title in a spectacular manner, making history by becoming the second skater ever to land six quadruple jumps in a single program and the first to include a quad Axel. His flawless performance included a quad Axel, quad Lutz, quad loop, quad Salchow, a quad Lutz combined with a triple flip, a quad toe loop in combination with a triple toe, and a triple Lutz-triple Axel combo to finish his unprecedented four-minute free skate. He scored a total of 333.76 points, surpassing Yuma Kagiyama of Japan, the Olympic silver medalist, by 24.11 points. Malinin’s victory signals a remarkable upward trajectory in the sport, moving from ninth place in his senior world championship debut in 2022 to claiming gold this year.

Yuma Kagiyama delivered a nearly flawless free skate with three quadruple jumps, but he stumbled after executing a massive triple Axel. France’s Adam Siao Him Fa climbed from 19th place after the short program to earn the bronze medal. Ranked third in the world this season based on the best total score, Siao Him Fa landed four quads in his free skate and received a two-point deduction for an illegal back flip, which did not impact his final position. Shoma Uno of Japan, the two-time defending champion, slipped from first place after the short program to fourth overall, experiencing difficulties during the free skate that led to one of his lowest finishes in recent Olympic or world championship events. Following Uno was Jason Brown, a two-time U.S. Olympian who continues to excel despite lacking a quad jump in his arsenal. Brown showcased his trademark artistry and efficiency, with a single jump error between his two programs.

The upcoming figure skating season is anticipated to commence with the Grand Prix Series in October. Meanwhile, Madison Chock and Evan Bates clinched their second consecutive world ice dance title, ending the season with a flawless record. Paying tribute to U.S. trailblazers, the duo’s performance earned them a well-deserved victory in the Ice Dance Free Dance event at the 2024 World Figure Skating Championships.

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