Eldredge one jump ahead

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Ice skating

Todd Eldredge, of the United States, turned in the jumping performance of his life to overtake Russia's Ilya Kulik and win gold in the men's competition at the World Figure Skating Championships in Edmonton, Canada, yesterday.

Both Eldredge and Kulik, who was leading after Wednesday's short programme, made eight triple axels, but the Russian managed only one triple-combination to two by the American and had to settle for silver. Britain's Steven Cousins slipped to 15th place after a disappointing performance.

In the ice dancing, the Russians Oksana Grishuk and Evgeny Platov were poised to take their third title after winning the original dance section. Britain's Marika Humphreys and Philip Askew were in 16th place.