Zagitova Wins at Worlds, Tursynbaeva Lands 1st Quad Jump

first_imgSAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Olympic champion Alina Zagitova won the free skate to capture her first title at the figure skating world championships on Friday.Skating to “Carmen,” the 16-year-old Russian built on her lead from the short program with a strong free skate that included a triple-lutz, triple-toeloop combination in the first half of her program. She added five more triple jumps to finish with 237.50 points.“I realized that I needed a clean skate and I went into each jump determined to land it,” said Zagitova, who also landed two double axels. “I was very nervous, but the experience from the Olympic Games helped me somehow.”Elizabet Tursynbaeva became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the worlds when she opened her Tango routine with a quad salchow. The 19-year-old Kazakh finished second with 224.76 points.“I can’t believe I landed it,” Tursynbaeva said. “It was good in practice this morning. I couldn’t do it at the last two competitions so I was really glad to be able to do it here.”Two-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was third with 223.80 points. Her routine featured a triple salchow-triple loop combination, a double axel-triple toeloop as well as four more triple jumps.Medvedeva, fourth after the short program, has struggled in her first season since moving to Canada to train, finishing third and fourth at two Grand Prix events and seventh at the Russian championships in December.“I’ve had a tough season and it was hard to qualify to get here,” Medvedeva said. “But I made it and was able to get a medal and I’m proud of the whole team.”Japan’s Rika Kihira moved up from seventh place to finish fourth. Kihira opened with a triple axel-triple toe loop combination in her program to the “Beautiful Storm.” But she missed her landing on her second triple axel.In ice dance, defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were first in the rhythm dance with 88.42 points. Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov were second with 83.94 points, followed by Russian teammates Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin in third with 83.10.The men’s free skate and the ice dance free dance are scheduled for Saturday, the final day of competition.By: Jim Armstrong, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

OnePlus 7, OnePlus 7 Pro launch date to be announced on April 23, says CEO Pete Lau

first_imgOnePlus’ upcoming devices – the OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro – are some of the most ancipated smartphones of the year. And while the two smartphones are tipped to launch on May 14, there is no official confirmation from the company yet. But that might change soon as the OnePlus chief executive officer Pete Lau has said that he would announce the date for his company’s next big launch next Tuesday, that is, April 23.”Stay tuned next Tuesday for our launch event announcement,” Lau wrote in his tweet.It is worth noting that while Lau, in his tweet, didn’t mention what the company would be launching at the event, it is safe to assume that Lau’s announcement and the event is about OnePlus’ next flagship device – the OnePlus 7.Earlier this week, the OnePlus CEO had unveiled the first official teaser of the company’s upcoming flagship device. “Excited to share the next product from OnePlus will unleash a new era of Fast and Smooth. Especially Smooth! Smooth is more challenging than Fast – a true test of hardware and software,” he had written in his tweet, which makes us believe the the upcoming OnePlus 7 and the OnePlus 7 Pro would come with 5G capabilities.Meanwhile, rumours circulating on the internet have given us plenty to speculate about. The OnePlus 7 is expected to come with a 6.4-inch display with a waterdrop notch that will house a selfie camera. On the back, the phone is expected to come with a dual camera setup with a 48MP primary shooter. It is expected to be powered with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor and sport 8GB RAM with a 256GB storage space. On the software front, the OnePlus 7 is expected to run on the latest version of the Oxygen OS which is based on Android 9.0 Pie.advertisementAs mentioned before, OnePlus is also expected to launch the OnePlus 7 Pro alongside the OnePlus 7, which as per an Android Central report would come with a 4000mAH Battery, Quad HD+ Super AMOLED “90hz” Display, WARP Charge and a and triple camera setup. However, all these details should be taken with a pinch of salt since as OnePlus is yet to confirm these details.ALSO READ: | Latest OnePlus 7 leak reaffirms previous rumours: Full screen display, pop-up selfie camera and moreALSO READ: | OnePlus 7 will be more than just a fast and smooth user experience: Decoding the official teaserALSO READ: | OnePlus 7 Pro specs may include QHD+ display, Warp Charge and triple cameraslast_img read more