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The jumps need to be a little higher and the spins a bit faster, but the return to competition after a four-year absence of 2010 world champion Daisuke Takahashi over the holiday weekend has to be labeled a success.

Takahashi finished third with a total of 195.82 points at the Kinki Block regionals on Monday in Hyogo Prefecture. By doing so the Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist advanced to the West Japan sectionals next month in Nagoya, the next step in his goal of skating at the All-Japan Championships in Osaka in December.

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