Shoma Uno wins 4th Straight National title in Japan
Yuzuru Hanyu falters in free skate
Shoma Uno had a few miscues of his own, but nothing like his more famous rival this evening. The 22-year-old took home the crown with a total of 290.57 points, with Hanyu placing second at 282.77 and junior Yuma Kagiyama finishing third on 257.99.
Keiji Tanaka (252.44), last year’s runner-up, was fourth, with junior Shun Sato (246.50) coming in fifth.
Daisuke Takahashi, in his final competition as a singles skater, ended up 12th with 204.31.
Uno skated to “Dancing on my Own” and landed three quadruple jumps on the way to victory. He received level fours for all of his spins and step sequence.
“It was not my best skate, but I feel like I really enjoyed it,” Uno commented. “I have had a really hard time this season and finally could enjoy the training and competition for the first time in a while,” Uno stated. “If everyone skates their best, the result should be different.”
Uno, who took the title at nationals the past three years while Hanyu was absent due to illness and injury, tempered expectations for the world championships after his win here.