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GOLD MEDALLIST. Shoma Uno of Japan performs in the menís free skate during the figure skating competition at Makomanai Indoor Skating Rink at the Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, on February 26, 2017. Japan finished on top of the medal count with 74, including 27 gold. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

From The Asian Reporter, V27, #5 (March 6, 2017), page 8.

Uno wins gold medal in figure skating at Asian Winter Games

By Jim Armstrong

The Associated Press

SAPPORO, Japan ó Shoma Uno of Japan overcame several early mistakes to win the gold medal in menís figure skating on the final day of the Asian Winter Games.

Uno, who was second after the short program, fell on the opening quad loop of his free skate and stepped out of a triple lutz, but scored 281.27 points.

Two Chinese skaters finished second and third ó Boyang Jin with 280.08 points and Yan Han with 271.86.

Despite the early mistakes, Uno earned points with three combination jumps, including his last one: a triple salchow-single loop-triple flip.

"It wasnít my greatest performance but Iím pleased with the result," said Uno, who received 188.84 points in the free skate. "I think the combination jumps helped me to recover."

Jin led after the free skate but his mistake on a quad toeloop and a triple flip late on, coupled with a lower element score, cost him valuable points.

Japanís Takahito Mura was fourth with 263.31 points.

Sochi Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan did not take part in the competition.

Elsewhere at the games, seen as a tune-up for athletes ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea next February, Yuki Kobayashi of Japan won the womenís 15-kilometer free mass start to capture her fourth gold in cross-country skiing.

Kobayashi finished in a time of 43 minutes, 28.6 seconds in the race that features all skiers starting together.

Kazakhstan beat host Japan 7-0 to win the gold medal in menís ice hockey. South Korea took the silver with Japan settling for the bronze.

Shin Sang-hoonís hat trick led the South Korean team to a 10-0 thrashing of China.

Japan finished top of the medals table with a total of 74, including the most golds with 27. South Korea was second with a total of 50 medals while China was third with 35.

The closing ceremony was held at Makomanai Ice Arena and was attended by Japanís Crown Prince Naruhito.

The games featured more than 2,000 athletes from 31 countries competing in five sports, 11 disciplines, and 64 events.

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