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First figure skating GP title for Georgia, Valieva leads Russian sweep at Rostelecom Cup******
MOSCOW, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia made history on Saturday when he won his country's first ISU figure skating Grand Prix title at the Rostelecom Cup in Sochi, Russia.。
Meanwhile, Russian skaters collected the championships of al the other three events with a clean sweep of both the women's and pairs podiums.。
Skating to "Fly Me to the Moon" and "My Way" in the men's free skate, Kvitelashvili, the 2020 European bronze medalist, opened with a quad Salchow-double toe, a triple Axel, quad toe-triple toe, and followed up with three more triples. His only major error came when he fell on a quad toeloop.。
The program earned him 170.96 points and ranked third in the men's free skate, but moved him up from second to first at 266.33 points overall for a historical victory.。
It's also Kvitelaashvili who won Georgia's first ISU Grand Prix medal in 2018.。
"Not everything worked in my program, but I tried hard, I fought and I am happy to be on the podium," Kvitelashvili commented.。
"We are making history and we have other great skaters in our team. We're going to have a complete team at the Olympic Games in Beijing, that's also a first," added the 26-year-old.。
Russia's Mikhail Kolyada, bronze medalist of the 2018 world championships, climbed up from fourth to claim the silver, while overnight leader Kazuki Tomono of Japan settled for the bronze.。
On the women's part, Kamila Valieva, just 15 years old, cemented her status as the title favourite for Beijing 2022 with another top-scoring skate in Sochi, beating fellow Russian Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Maiia Khromykh to the second and third place.。
Performing to Ravel's "Bolero", Valieva, the 2020 junior world champion, reeled off a quadruple Salchow, quad toe-triple toe, quad toe-Euler-double Salchow, triple Axel as well as four triples and difficult spins and footwork that all garnered a level four, setting a new record score of her own in free skate - 185.29 points.。
Having already registered a world-record score for her short program on Friday, Valieva totaled 272.71 points and broke her own previous record of 265.08.。
The 2015 worlds' champion and 2021 runner-up Tuktamysheva ranked third in free skate with a score of 149.13 but remained in silver medal position with an overall result of 229.23. Khromykh climbed from fifth to third with a personal best of 154.97 in free skate and 219.69 in total.。
Reigning pairs world champions Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov overtook the first place from compatriots Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin after a dynamic performance in the free skate earned them 153.34 points for a total score of 226.98.。
They were 14.39 points more than the silver medalists. Iasmina Kadyrova/Ivan Balchenko earned the bronze with 124.19 in free skate and 193.58 overall.。
American-born-Chinese Audrey Lu and her partner Misha Mitrofanov, who finished fifth in the NHK Trophy on November 12-14, finished fourth in Sochi, missing a qualification to next month's GP Final.。
World champions Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov of Russia won their second GP gold of the season, and Italy's Charlene Guignard/Marco Fabbri earned the silver, both having secured their places in the Final. The bronze went to Laurence Fournier Beaudry/Nikolaj Sorensen of Canada.。
The GP Final will take place in Osaka, Japan on December 9-12, with top six skaters/combinations in each discipline of the season's six senior GP events qualifying for the Final. Enditem。
HKFA appoints Andersen as head coach******
HONG KONG, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) appointed Jorn Andersen as the head coach of Hong Kong, China soccer team on Saturday.。
Born in Norway, Andersen had a career playing for different football clubs in top leagues of Norway, Germany and Switzerland. He was the first foreign player to become the top goalscorer in the Bundesliga.。
Having retired from playing in 2001, Andersen embarked on his coaching career where his experiences straddled across club and national levels, including spells at DPR Korea national team and Incheon United FC of the K-League 1.。
"We extend a warm welcome to Jorn. With his football background in Europe and practical experience in Asia, we are confident that he would be able to inject new elements, help our players fully achieve their potentials, as well as improve our quality and performance," HKFA Chief Executive Officer Joaquin Tam said.。
"His experience in scouting and grooming young players also align with our vision to train up young talents for the future development of Hong Kong football," Tam added.。
Andersen shared his excitement at the appointment: "I'm honored for the opportunity, I hope to use my experience and tactical philosophy in building a strong and competitive team for upcoming international matches."
Under former coach Mixu Paatelainen, Hong Kong, China failed to advance into the third round of 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, after a fourth-place finish of Group C in the second round. Enditem。
Tanzania's Serengeti wins Africa's leading national park award******
DAR ES SALAAM, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The World Travel Awards (WTA) has declared Tanzania's Serengeti as the 2021 Africa's leading national park, the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) said in a statement on Thursday.
The statement signed by TANAPA's senior assistant conservation commissioner for corporate communications, Pascal Shelutete, said Serengeti becomes Africa's leading national park for three consecutive years of 2019, 2020 and 2021.
The statement said other nominees in the 2021 Africa's leading national park include Etosha National Park in Namibia, and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya.
Serengeti National Park is a habitat for a variety of animals, birds and plant species, said the statement.
The statement added that Serengeti is world famous for wildebeest migration and is also renowned for its large lion population. Enditem
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