• Kyodo


Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto won the women’s championship on Saturday in her first NHK Trophy appearance, while figure skating icon Daisuke Takahashi, making his competitive ice dancing debut, touched the ice as he and partner Kana Muramoto slipped to third.

Sakamoto, who also won Friday’s short program at Osaka’s Ractab Dome, finished with a combined score of 229.51 points. The victory was Sakamoto’s first on the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating circuit.

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