After the short program on Saturday, Kiibus took third place with 55.83 points behind Kristina Škuleta-Gromova (60.10 points) and Gerli Liinamäe (59.78 points). However, a 120.97 point free skating program by Kiibus on Sunday put her in first place, keeping her only a slight 0.31 point lead over Gerli Liinamäe.
Škulet-Gromova received 104.38 points for her free skating program, which with 164.48 points is sufficient for third place overall. Kiibus’ last record for the tournament was 176.80 points, Liinamäe scored 176.49.
“I’m very, very happy. The first reaction was of course crying and tears, but I’m definitely very proud of myself,” Kiibus told ERR after finding out that she was the Estonian champion.
She recovered from third place after Saturday’s short program and said it was not easy to do her short program as she recently got healthy enough to compete after a battle with COVID-19. “The program consisted of many different stages. First I had to skate freely, but then I had to push again because it became more difficult again,” explained Kiibus.
“The goal was to get everything that stood in my way. I didn’t have much time to think about it: you either do it or you don’t. There was no other choice,” said the young skater.
Kiibus has the figure skating championship in its sights in March. However, your preparation process will be hampered as there are not many competitions that we can participate in. “Hopefully there will be some competitions here where we can shake off these unnecessary tensions a little. Otherwise we prepare like any other competition – slowly and steadily,” said Kiibus.
Mihhail Selevko received 79.55 points in the men’s short program on Saturday, followed by his brother Aleksandr with 76.75 points. Aleksandr Selevko, however, dominated the free skating discipline on Sunday and received 149.80 points, 42 points more than his brother Mihhail with 107.70 points. Arlet Levandi also had a good performance, scoring 133.28 points, enough to make up for his disappointing Saturday (65.36 points).
Aleksandr Selevko collected a total of 226.55 points in both disciplines and won the men’s tournament. Levandi was second with 198.64 points, followed by Mihhail Selevko with 187.25 points.
Follow the ERR News on Facebook and Twitter and don’t miss an update!