The U.S. held a 15-point lead over Japan on Friday to battle South Korea for silver on the final day of the World Team Cup in Tokyo.
After Day 2 of the pairs short program, ice dance and women’s free at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, the United States extended its total to 90 points, while Japan was in third place, closing the gap on second-place South Korea to one point. .
The Japanese figure skating captain is second behind the South Korean
Japan’s captain Kaori Sakamoto finished second behind South Korea’s Lee Hae-in in the women’s freestyle event. They reversed their position from last month’s world championships at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo.
A fall during a planned combination of double axel, triple toe loop and double toe loop cost the figure skating world champion, who otherwise performed strongly and scored 145.75 points, 2.82 points behind Lee. Third place went to South Korea’s Kim Ye Lim with 143.59 points.
“The most frustrating thing is that I haven’t been able to finish training regularly,” Sakamoto, 23, said after the final game of the season. “But I learned not to finish here. I want to use this disappointment to motivate myself for next season.
Earlier, reigning world champions Madison Sack and Evan Bates of the United States continued their dominance in ice dance, winning the free program with a world record 138.41 points. Japan’s Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi finished fifth with 116.63 points.
In the pairs short program, Americans Alexa Ginirim and Brandon Frazier scored 82.25, just ahead of world champions Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara of Japan (80.47).
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