Japanese figure skaters win Olympic test event in Beijing | Sports

BEIJING (AP) – Japan’s Yuma Kagiyama and Mai Mihara won the men’s and women’s singles titles at the Asia Open in figure skating.

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

Kagiyama maintained her lead overnight, while Mihara passed her compatriot Kaori Sakamoto in the women’s competition on Friday.

Kagiyama said despite the victory, his schedule was far from perfect.

“If you look at it holistically, there were a lot of issues,” he told Kyodo News Agency. “I added a new quad loop to my free routine this season, and I want to improve to the point that even if I miss the quad loop, I will still do a good job on my other quad jumps.”

In a program with few errors, Mihara scored 135.75 points at Capital Indoor Stadium for a total of 203.58.

“I wasn’t as nervous as the day before,” Mihara said. “From start to finish, I skated without losing my focus, although I want to improve my accuracy with each jump.

Strict COVID-19 measures were in effect, with all participants required to stay in a competition bubble.

At the end of September, IOC and Beijing Games officials said there would be a 21-day quarantine for athletes, officials and workers not fully vaccinated at the event from February 4 to 20. They also said there will be daily tests for those vaccinated and no tickets will be sold to anyone living outside of China.

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