TVER, Russia, February 20 (R-Sport) - World figure skating silver medalist Alena Leonova told R-Sport on Wednesday she believes she deserves a place at April’s world championships as her qualification hopes hang in the balance.
Leonova came a disappointing seventh at the Russian national championships in December, which cost her a place at last month’s European championships.
She then improved to win the Russian Cup Finals last week, beating Nikol Gosviyani, who competed at the European championships for Russia, and Leonova believes that performance was good enough to take one of the Russian figure skating federation’s three places at the world championships in London, Ontario.
“I think I’ve completed the task that was in front of me,” she said. “If the decision is taken to send me to the world championships, then I’ll prepare for it properly.”
Leonova’s score at the Russian Cup Finals was 171.99, more than 13 points below the score that took her to world silver in Nice last year, and would have only been good enough for 6th in that competition.