Thursday, December 2, 2021

Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing

BEIJING (NWN) — Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the Asia Open figure skating event.

18-year-old world silver medalist Kagiyama scored 179.98 in the free skate for a total of 277.78 at the 2022 Beijing Olympics test event.

Kagiyama held the lead overnight, while Mihara overtook compatriot Kaori Sakamoto in the women’s on Friday.

Kagiyama said that despite the win, his schedule was not perfect.

“If you look at it broadly, there were a lot of issues,” he told Kyodo news agency. “I’ve added a new quad loop to my free program from this season, and I want to improve to the point that even if I mess up the quad loop, I’ll still be doing well on my other quad jumps.”

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In an event with few mistakes, Mihara scored 135.75 points for a total of 203.58 at the Capital Indoor Stadium.

“I wasn’t as nervous as before,” Mihara said. “From start to finish I skated without losing my concentration, although I wanted to improve my accuracy on each jump.”

Strict COVID-19 measures were in effect, requiring all participants to be in a competition bubble.

In late September, the IOC and Beijing Games officials said the February 4–20 event would lead to a 21-day quarantine for non-fully vaccinated athletes, officials and workers, they also added that the number of people who were vaccinated. and that tickets will not be sold to anyone living outside China.

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