Chinese figure skater Jin ranks seventh after short program in France

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China's Jin Boyang was placed seventh after men's short program at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix Figure Skating Internationaux de France in Grenoble on Friday.

Performing to "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", Jin missed his quadruple Lutz to finish seventh among 11 participants with 79.41 points.

Jason Brown of the United States completed a triple flip, triple Axel, triple Lutz-triple toe to sit atop rankings with a personal season best of 96.41 points.

"Today I just tried my best to be as calm, confident and focused as I possibly could be and I did that throughout the whole program," Brown told ISU website.

Russia's Alexander Samarin was positioned second after collecting 90.86 points. Reigning world champion Nathan Chen of the United States fell on an underrotated quad flip, before recovering to land a quad toe-triple toe combination for a third-place score of 86.94 points.

In women's discipline, Mai Mihara and Rika Kihira, both from Japan, claimed top two positions ahead of two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia, but the three skaters were separated by just less than half a point.

Competing in their first full senior season, young Russian pair of Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii took up the top spot after short program with a season's best of 68.83 points.

Boikova, partnering with Kozlovskii to win the 2017 World Junior silver medal, said that "we were a bit sad when we were fourth at Skate Canada, but we were motivated to work even harder. Maybe it was good that we were fourth."

Hosts duo Gabriella Papadakis/Guillaume Cizeron, three-time world champions, returned to ice in style after missing the NHK Trophy in Japan earlier this month due to Cizeron's back injury, posting a match-best 84.13 points in the rhythm dance.

"We are very happy with our performance today, especially for our first competition. We really love this program," said Papadakis.

Free skating/dance of the four disciplines will run on Saturday.

A total of 57 skaters/couples representing 14 ISU members compete at Internationaux de France, the sixth and final event in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series.

The top six qualifiers in each discipline will proceed to the Final in Vancouver, Canada from Dec. 6 to 9.

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