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Japan's Uno captures Skate Canada men's crown

28 October 2018, MVT 16:53
Shoma Uno of Japan performs his free skate at the 2018 Skate Canada International ISU Grand Prix event in Laval, Quebec, October 27, 2018. (Photo by Geoff Robins / AFP)
28 October 2018, MVT 16:53

Japan's Shoma Uno, second at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and a two-time world runner-up, captured the Skate Canada International men's crown Saturday by winning the free skate final.

The 20-year-old from Nagoya landed four quadruple jumps to more than offset two falls in taking the overall title with 277.25 points at the International Skating Union Grand Prix event in suburban Montreal.

Canada's Keegan Messing, the surprise short program winner Friday, was second on 265.17 with South Korea's Cha Jun-hwan third on 254.77.

In the free skate, Uno finished on top with 188.38 points, 18.26 ahead of Messing with Cha third on 165.91.

Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva edged out Mako Yamashita of Japan to capture the women's title.

The 2015 world champion Tuktamysheva finished with 203.32 total points while Yamashita was right behind her with 203.06. Evgenia Medvedeva finished third with 197.91.

Medvedeva won the free skate with 137.08 points.

France's Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres, who won a bronze medal at this year's world championships, captured the pairs crown by taking the free skate.

The French duo, who opened by winning Friday's short program, were runaway winners in the free skate with 147.30 points to finish with the overall crown on 221.81.

China's Peng Cheng and Jin Yang, last year's Asian Winter Games runners-up, were second overall on 201.08, .15 ahead of Canadian third-place finishers Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro.

Reigning US champions and 2018 world runners-up Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue, last week's winners at Skate America, took the ice dance title with 200.76 points despite finishing second in the free dance.

Russian duo Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov won the free skate final with 120.51 points to 120.27 points for the US duo, which won Friday's short program. Canada's Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were third, another .25 of a point back.

Sinitsina and Katsalapov were second in the overall competition on 195.17 with Gilles and Poirer third on 186.97.

Laval, Canada | AFP

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