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Rika Kihira continued Japan’s fine start to the Junior Grand Prix season on Saturday when she finished a close second at the event in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Close second is almost too ambiguous to describe how narrowly she missed topping the platform in her JGP debut. Kihira, who led after the short program by more than three points (66.78 to 63.51), lost to Russia’s Anastasiia Gubanova by just 0.08 of a point (185.59 to 185.51).

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