Kamila Valieva falls in the final and finishes fourth | Other sports news

The 15-year-old, who failed a drug test, looked distraught after her free skate and her score of 224.09 was only enough to take fourth place; her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova finished first and won the gold medal

Last update: 02/17/22 2:17 p.m.

Kamila Valieva recorded a total score of 224.09 to finish fourth

Kamila Valieva fell during her free skate and finished the women’s figure skating competition in fourth place.

The Russian figure skater, 15, tested positive for the banned heart drug trimetazidine on Christmas Day and investigations are ongoing into the case.

Valieva learned on Monday that she could compete in the women’s competition following a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

CAS cited “exceptional circumstances” for its decision. They included Valieva’s status as a “protected person” under the World Anti-Doping Code, “serious problems” in the process of notifying Valieva of his result and the fact that a suspension could cause him “irreparable harm”. .

The 15-year-old put in a strong short program on Tuesday, which saw her qualify in first place for the final leg of the competition – the free skate.

She then skated to ‘Bolero de Maurice Ravel’ in her free program, but was unable to perform a clean routine. Instead, Valieva fell over a jump and was forced to put her hands on the ice while trying to land two more.

Valieva finished with a total score of 224.09. Her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova won the gold medal, her Russian compatriot Alexandra Trusova won the silver and the Japanese Kaori Sakamoto the bronze.

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