After the short program, they were second, slightly behind teammates Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov, with whom they train with Tamara Moskvina and Artur Minchuk.
However, due to a more purely executed free skate, Boikov-Kozlovsky was able to get ahead of the Olympic champions in the team, the bronze medalists of the individual tournament of the Games, and the world champions. Anastasia Mishina, who made a serious mistake in the combination, could not hold back her tears after the announcement of the scores (233.88 points against 234.39).
The top three winners from the Czech Republic were rounded out by Beijing silver medalists Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who work in Eteri Tutberidze’s group with pair skating masters Alexei Tikhonov and Maxim Maxaim Trankov.
In Tarasova – Morozov, free skating did not work out at all. There were errors both in the parallel jumps (salchow and cascade) and in the ejection. Remember that in the short program, Zhenya also made sure not to fall from the ejection and touched the ice with both hands.
For the older athletes of the tournament, this is the 11th Russian Championship in their careers. Since the 2014/2015 season, they have never been out of the top three. They now also retained their place on the podium with a total score of 218.60 points.
Note that of the 12 pairs, only 6 were able to skate the free skate without falling. And even the leaders failed to turn in perfectly clean performances. Sasha Boikova stepped up by landing from one of the sending offs.