Skating last, Yagudin earned mostly 5.8s and 5.9s out of six for a technically superb but relatively staid performance to Russian gypsy music. Alexander Abt was second, followed by Yevgeny Plushenko. Philippe Candeloro, the 1994 Olympic bronze medallist, was a disappointment, coming ninth.
The 21-year-old Abt 's career has been fraught with physical problems, including a broken leg and knee surgery. But he skated like a veteran yesterday, hitting all four of his jumps cleanly and closing with a dramatic slide along the side of the rink on one knee.Reuse content