Mai Mihara wins Asian Open Trophy

Mai Mihara at the 2021 Asia Open Trophy in Beijing, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Taking place in Beijing, China – the 2021 Asian Open Trophy, the fifth International Skating Union (ISU) Challenger Series competition of the season, wrapped up today. At the event, Maia Mihara rose from second place after the short program to win the women’s event, while Yuma Kagiyama dominated the men’s event throughout.

Mihara presented the cleanest free skate performance among the women and earned ten more points than her nearest opponent. She began her routine with a triple Lutz-triple toe loop combination, a double axel, a triple flip, and a triple Salchow. In the second half of the program, the 2017 Four Continents champion landed a double axel-triple toe loop combination, a triple Lutz-double toe loop-double loop combination, and, lastly, a double loop. Mihara received a score of 135.75 points for the free skate and earned a total competition score of 203.58 points.

Leader after the short program, 2018 Four Continents champion Kaori Sakamoto received the second-best score for her free skate performance and lost the lead of the competition by a point. Sakamoto landed a double axel to begin her second routine, and next completed a triple Lutz and a triple flip-double toe loop combination before a triple Salchow which was deemed under-rotated. Later in the program, the 2019 Japanese national champion landed a triple flip-triple toe loop combination, fell on a double axel, and completed a double loop. She received a score of 125.58 points for the presentation and earned a total competition score of 202.28 points.

Fourth after the short program, Joanna So of Hong Kong rose to third position after the free skate to take the bronze medal. The 22-year-old figure skater landed a triple toe loop-double toe loop combination, a triple Salchow-double toe loop combination, a triple Salchow, a triple toe loop, a double axel-Euler-double Salchow combination, a double flip, and a double axel. She received a score of 102.15 points for her performance and earned a total competition result of 155.65 points – 0.62 points ahead of fourth-placed Tzu-Han Ting and 1.20 points ahead of fifth-placed Jenni Saarinen.

Final Results

  1. Mai MIHARA (JPN) – 203.58
  2. Kaori SAKAMOTO (JPN) – 202.28
  3. Joanna SO (HKG) – 155.65
  4. Tzu-Han TING (TPE) – 155.03
  5. Jenni SAARINEN (FIN) – 154.45
  6. Nicole SCHOTT (GER) – 148.08
  7. Yi ZHU (CHN) – 147.38
  8. Kristina ISAEV (GER) – 146.05
  9. Hengxin JIN (CHN) – 118.11

Judges’ Scores

2021 World silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama held a strong lead after the short program and extended it with his free skate performance to take the gold medal. The 18-year-old Japanese figure skater received a score of 179.98 points for the presentation and earned a total competition score of 277.78 points.

2019-2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix Final winner Shun Sato received a score of 165.39 points for the free skate and earned a total competitions core of 256.16 points; two-time World bronze medalist Boyang Jin earned the sixth-ranked free skate score of 139.07 points but managed to stay on the podium with a total competition score of 224.09 points.

Final Results

  1. Yuma KAGIYAMA (JPN) – 277.78
  2. Shun SATO (JPN) – 256.16
  3. Boyang JIN (CHN) – 224.09
  4. Deniss VASILJEVS (LAT) – 217.68
  5. Lukas BRITSCHGI (SUI) – 217.04
  6. Junhwan CHA (KOR) – 214.24
  7. Sihyeong LEE (KOR) – 209.64
  8. Zhiming PENG (CHN) – 167.68
  9. Yudong CHEN (CHN) – 148.35
  10. Lap Kan YUEN (HKG) – 147.88

Judges’ Scores

In the pairs’ event, 2018 Olympic silver medalists and two-time World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han comfortably took the gold medals. They completed a side-by-side triple toe loop-double toe loop combination, a side-by-side triple Salchow, as well as a triple flip throw and a triple Salchow throw. The duo received a score of 144.21 points for their free skate performance and earned a total competition score of 223.48 points.

Final Results

  1. Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN (CHN) – 223.48
  2. Cheng PENG / Yang JIN (CHN) – 196.68
  3. Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG (CHN) – 174.37
  4. Siyang ZHANG / Yongchao YANG (CHN) – 167.76

Judges’ Scores

Four-time Chinese national ice dance champions Shiyue Wang and Xinyu Liu defeated their rivals Hong Chen and Zhuoming Sun to celebrate their first victory of the 2021-2022 season. They won the two-team competition by about twenty-five points.

Final Results

  1. Shiyue WANG / Xinyu LIU (CHN) – 186.58
  2. Hong CHEN / Zhuoming SUN (CHN) – 160.83

Judges’ Scores

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