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Japan’s strong showing in the Grand Prix season continued with Rika Hongo’s victory at the Cup of Russia on Saturday. Hongo’s triumph marked the third time in four weeks that Japan has taken the gold at one of the GP events.

Tatsuki Machida (Skate America) and Takahito Mura (Skate Canada) won the opening two weekends, and Yuzuru Hanyu was in position for a title at the Cup of China the third weekend of the season before being injured in the unfortunate accident with Yan Han during the six-minute warmup prior to the free skate.

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