Mihara overthrows Sakamoto and wins Asian Open Trophy

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Japan’s Mai Mihara won the women’s title at the Asian Open Trophy on Friday, when she passed her compatriot and overnight leader Kaori Sakamoto in the free skate.

In a program with few errors, Mihara scored 135.75 points at Capital Indoor Stadium for a total of 203.58 in the test event for the Beijing Winter Games in February. Sakamoto, who was leading after the short skate, struggled with his jumps and was second at 202.28.

Japanese figure skater Mai Mihara performs in the women’s free skating during the Asian Open Trophy on October 15, 2021 at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, a test event for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

18-year-old Japanese world silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama leads the men’s event after Thursday’s short program, followed by 17-year-old Shun Sato.

The tournament takes place without spectators, with skaters and staff kept in a bubble as a countermeasure against the coronavirus.

Japanese figure skater Kaori Sakamoto competes in the women’s free skate at the Asian Open Trophy on October 15, 2021 at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, a test event for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Kyodo) == Kyodo


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