Hanyu and Asada win Japanese titles

Results from Japanese Nationals, Sapporo, Japan:

MEN–Final results

1. Yuzuru Hanyu – 285.23
2. Daisuke Takahashi – 280.40
3. Takahito Mura – 242.70
4. Nobunari Oda – 240.56
5. Takahiko Kozuka – 228.56
6. Kento Nakamura – 226.64
7. Keiji Tanaka – 208.52
8. Akio Sasaki – 208.52
9. Tatsuki Machida – 206.17
10. Ryuju Hino – 202.30

Hanyu continued his great season by taking his first national title over 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Takahashi. Disappointing result for Kozuka. Pretty tough field when you’re as good a skater as he is and can’t even make your national team.

LADIES–Final results

1. Mao Asada – 193.56
2. Kanako Murakami – 183.67
3. Satoko Miyahara – 180.55
4. Akiko Suzuki – 180.03
5. Rika Hongo – 172.43
6. Riona Kato – 167.60
7. Yuki Nishino – 162.63
8. Yura Matsuda – 160.30
9. Satsuki Muramoto – 158.47
10. Rin Nitaya – 146.93

Suzuki must have had a tough free skate, because she led after the short program. I wonder if the Japanese federation will still send her to Worlds because of her experience.  Mao Asada won her sixth national title.

Cathy Reed/Chris Reed won Ice Dance. With the recent breakup of Takahashi/Tran, no pairs title was contested.

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One response

  1. Wow, Japanese skating is so exciting right now. I love Takahashi but I really really enjoy Hanyu’s skating. He’s still so young but there is something refreshing about watching him with all that jumping ability and potential for artistic growth.

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