• Kyodo


Shizuka Arakawa got off to a solid start by outclassing two-time world bronze medalist and 2003 Grand Prix Finals winner Fumie Suguri to take the lead after the women’s short program at the National Figure Skating Championships on Friday.

Arakawa, who placed third in the Grand Prix Finals in Colorado earlier this month, received scores as high as 5.8 for both techniques and artistry for her performance to “Swan Lake” at Big Hat ice arena in Nagano Prefecture in the competition using the former 6.0 judging system.

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