Shoma overcomes shaky begin to win at Japan Open

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Oct 3 (Reuters) – Olympic silver medallist Shoma Uno recovered from a shaky begin to win the lads’s free skate closing on the Japan Open, because the 23-year-old ramps up his preparation forward of the Beijing 2022 winter Games.

Shoma, who received silver on the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, fell on his first quad try however landed the opposite three quad jumps to earn 181.21 factors, ending forward of Sato Shun on 179.32 on Saturday.

The Japan Open, an annual worldwide determine skating crew competitors, normally options groups from Japan, Europe and North America however the occasion noticed solely Japanese skaters for a second successive yr as a consequence of COVID-19 precautions.

The house skaters have been divided into two groups and solely carried out their free skates, with Team Blue claiming victory over Team Red after Shoma received the lads’s closing and Wakaba Higuchi triumphed within the ladies’s closing.

Yuzuru Hanyu, who received gold on the 2018 Olympics, and world silver medallist Yuma Kagiyama each didn’t participate within the males’s occasion on the Japan Open.

The Beijing Olympics begin on Feb. 4 subsequent yr, with spectators solely from mainland China allowed to attend the occasion. learn extra

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Michael Perry

ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 2019 Rostelecom Cup - Men's Short Program - Megasport Sport Palace, Moscow, Russia - November 15, 2019   Japan's Shoma Uno performs   REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo