Takahashi seals golden comeback

VANTAA, Finland (Kyodo) Daisuke Takahashi marked his comeback from a lengthy injury layoff with a commanding victory at the Finlandia Trophy on Saturday.

Holding a lead of more than 13 points after Friday’s short program, the former world silver medalist placed second in the free skate with 141.02 points, but finished well clear of Russian Sergei Voronov with a winning total of 224.25.

“I won the event but am not really satisfied with the way I skated,” said Takahashi, who missed the whole of last season after major surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right knee.

“I showed a lack of power on my steps and spins. Skating in this event was a good way to find out what I need to work on in order to accomplish my goal of winning the gold medal at the (2010 Vancouver) Olympics.”