Yamamoto Sota led by the world champion Uno Shoma after a sensational short program in NHK trophy in Sapporo on Friday (November 18).
Last to skate in the first group for The Beatles’ “Yesterday” by Michael Bolton, the 22-year-old put on a pristine skate on big personal record from 96.49.
But he also had good value, landing a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination followed by a quad Salchow and triple Axel, and held the lead through the second group of six skaters.
After finishing runner-up in the Grand Prix de France earlier this month, 2016 Lillehammer Youth Olympic champion Yamamoto has given himself the opportunity to compete in the ISU Figure Skating Grand Prix in Turin next month.
He later said, “I’m really happy with the result. I felt good in training today and in retrospect I think that led to a short appearance on the show.
“I was working more on slows than shorts. I was a bit disappointed with myself at the Grand Prix de France so tomorrow I hope to show that I made some improvements and put on a good show.”
Uno Shoma had his best result of the season, but a mistake in the jump deprived him of the chance to take the lead overnight.
The two-time Olympic singles medalist made his first quad flip, but then fell for the first part of his quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination attempt.
The Skate Canada winner hit his triple Axel, but the 24-year-old had to settle for second place with a score of 91.66, leaving him almost five points behind his compatriot Yamamoto.
Adam Siao Him Fa opened with a delicate combination of quad toeloop and triple toeloop.
The 21-year-old from Bordeaux, who beat Yamamoto in the Grand Prix de France, then had a hand on his triple Axel and came out of the closing quad Salchow, but his score of 87.44 saw him finish third on the day.
Tomono Kazuki struggled a bit with his jumps, but the crowd clapped to the typically addictive routine.
He scored 85.07 and ended the day in fourth place, ahead of Georgia by one place Nika Egadze.
Junhwan Cha had a disappointing skate, underspin and a fall on his first Quad Salchow before having to take a step at the end of his triple Lutz-triple loop combination.
The Korean scored 80.35 and finished sixth in Saturday’s free skate.
Uno Shoma performs in the short program at the 2022 NHK Trophy in Sapporo
Photo by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Men’s NHK Trophy Short Program Results:
1. Yamamoto Sota (JPN) 96.49
2. Uno Shoma (JPN) 91.66
3. Adam Siao Him Fa (FRA) 87.44
4. Tomono Kazuki (Japan) 85.07
5. Nika Egadze (GEO) 84.47
6. Junhwan Cha (KOR) 80.35
7. Matteo Rizzo (Italy) 78.57
8. Konrad Orze? (KAN) 73.10
9. Stefan Gogolew (KAN) 69.01
10. Gabriele Frangipani (Italy) 68.78
11. Maurizio Zandron (AUT) 68.21
12. Hiwatashi Tomoki (USA) 57.18
Fournier Beaudry and Soerensen dance a rhythm dance on ice
Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen they beat their personal rhythm dance record by more than three points and took the lead ahead of many world medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
The Canadians, who finished second in the Grand Prix de France two weeks ago, scored 85.66 points and took the lead with Chock and Bates close behind with 85.00.
Another American duo Carolina Green and Michael Parsonswere third with a score of 77.00.
Lithuanian Allison Reed and Saulius Ambrulevicius they were fourth (75.23) just ahead Kana Muramoto and Takahashi Daisuke (75.10).
Komatsubara Misato and Timwho overtook Muramoto and Takahashi for Japan’s only Beijing 2022 ice dance spot and won the team medal in China, scored 66.65 to finish the day in eighth place.
Couples leading Miura/Kihara
Miura Roar and Kihara Ryuichi will take a comfortable lead in Saturday’s free skate pairs after setting a new personal best in the short program.
Japan’s Beijing team medalists added nearly four points to their Beijing 2022 score with a score of 78.25 in Sapporo.
USA Emily Chan and Spencer Akira Howe they are second (64.62) behind the Canadians Brooke McIntosh and Benjamin Mimar (62.31) in a field of six.
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