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Kamila Valieva fails to win figure skating medal


BEIJING –

Anna Shcherbakova won a stunning gold medal in women’s figure skating at the Beijing Games on Thursday night, while teammate Kamila Valieva lost the medals altogether after an error-filled end to her controversial Olympics.

Shcherbakova performed a nearly flawless free skate to leap over 15-year-old Valieva, the leader after the short program, who threw up her arms in resignation and disgust after her program. Her Russian teammate Alexandra Trusova won the silver medal with her quadruple program while Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto retained the bronze medal.

Valieva, at the center of Russia’s latest doping scandal, was left sobbing in the kissing and crying zone after her scores were read out. She was heavily favored to win the gold medal, but she returns home with nothing from the women’s program and is still under investigation for a positive drug test.

Moments after she left, workers began to hold a flower ceremony that the International Olympic Committee said would not take place if Valieva was on the podium. Later, there would also be a medal ceremony which would also only take place after Valieva’s positive test for a banned substance was fully investigated.

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