• Kyodo


Japan’s Takahiko Kozuka took the bronze medal and compatriot Nobunari Oda settled for fourth after the men’s free skate at the Four Continents Championships in Vancouver on Saturday.

Kozuka overcame a shaky start but was unable to improve on his third-place finish in the men’s short program and scored 221.76 points to finish behind winner Patrick Chan (249.19) of Canada and Evan Lysacek of the United States (237.15).

Kozuka, who finished runner-up in his Grand Prix Final debut in December, was awarded a level four for his three spins but he fell on his opening quadruple toe loop and landed forward on a triple axel late into the program.

“Before my performance, I was a little bit nervous and I didn’t know how it was going to be, but I think it was good enough for me and I enjoyed it,” said Kozuka.

“I tried the quad but I fell, but I think it’s important to keep trying.”

Oda, winner of this event in 2006, improved from sixth in the short program to fourth with a score of 220.26 while Yasuharu Nanri was 12th.

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