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China’s Jin wins Four Continents title, boosts medal prospects for PyeongChang

28 Jan 2018
Taipei, January 28, 2018: China’s 2017 Sapporo Asian Winter Games men’s figure skating silver medallist Jin Boyang has put himself among the medal candidates at next month’s Winter Olympics by winning the prestigious Four Continents Championships title in Taipei on Saturday. Jin, who finished runner-up to Japan’s Shoma Uno at Sapporo last February, took the gold in Taipei with 300.95 points.

Uno was second on this occasion with 297.94 points, ahead of Jason Brown of the United States on 269.22. “China's Boyang Jin is back and firing on all cylinders,” said International Figure Skating in a Facebook post.

“His victory in the men's final at Four Continents today (Saturday) sets him up as a serious medal contender in PyeongChang next month.” Uno, a silver medallist at last season’s worlds and at this season’s Grand Prix Final, entered Saturday with a tiny 0.32-point lead over Jin, who came from behind with a solid free skate.

Japanese Olympian Keiji Tanaka slipped from third to fourth (260.31) after finishing fifth in the free skate, while Uzbekistan’s Misha Ge was sixth on 248.96. On Friday, Kaori Sakamoto led a Japanese sweep of the ladies podium – the third time Japan has accomplished that feat.

Sakamoto won the gold with 214.21 points, Mai Mihara was second with 210.57 and Satoko Miyahara took the bronze on 207.02. Sakamoto and Miyahara will compete at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. “Last March here in the junior worlds I skated perfect short and free programmes. It’s a good venue for me, and I came in with that in mind,” Sakamoto told Kyodo News.

“For the Olympics, I want to train in order to be perfect in both the short and free programmes and deliver a performance I’m satisfied with.” Korea’s Sapporo Asian Winter Games champion Choi Dabin was fourth on 190.23 points.
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