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Maxim Kovtun leads in Moscow

Updated: November 22, 2013, 2:20 PM ET
Associated Press

MOSCOW -- Maxim Kovtun's two confident quads gave him a big lead after Friday's short program in the Rostelecom Cup, the last of six Grand Prix events before the final.

As the only competitor to try two quads, much less complete them, Kovtun ended the day nearly nine points ahead of Japan's Tatsuki Machida, who opened with a clean quad but then stepped out of the triple toe loop that was the second jump in his combination. Javier Fernandez of Spain was in third despite falling on his quad.

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