Tuktamysheva takes women’s lead at figure skating worlds

SHANGHAI (AP) — Elizaveta Tuktamysheva landed a triple axel for the first time in an international competition and took a massive lead after the short program in the women’s event at the figure skating world championships on Thursday.

The 18-year-old Russian is looking to win her first world championship gold after a dominant season that saw her capture seven titles in nine events, including the European Championships and Grand Prix Finals.

The only woman with a triple axel in her short program, Tuktamysheva was far ahead of the rest of the field from a technical standpoint, scoring 77.62 points, more than eight points ahead of countrywoman Elena Radionova in second. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara was third.