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Figure Skating Four Continents Championship: Japanese team shows group advantage, Chinese team has long way to go – Sports – China Engineering Network

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After the Russian figure skating team missed the international competition, the Japanese team is showing its group advantage in this event. The 2024 ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships ended on the 4th. In the competition of 4 events, the Japanese team won 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze, showing a strong group advantage. The Chinese team missed any medals and faced the 2026 Milan The Winter Olympics still have a long way to go.

As an ice event for the highest level figure skaters from America, Asia, Africa and Oceania, this Four Continents Figure Skating Championships has 112 athletes from 15 countries and regions participating.

In the singles skating competition of this Four Continents Championships, Japanese skaters won 4 out of 6 medals, including 2 gold medals, 1 silver medal and 1 bronze medal. In the pairs skating event, the Japanese team only sent a combination of Miura Rirai and Kihara Ryuichi to compete and won the silver medal.

In the women’s single skating event, the Japanese team has fierce competition and sufficient reserves. In this event, the Japanese team sent a total of three people to compete. The 18-year-old Chiba Momon won the Four Continents Championship for the first time. Watanabe Ringo was the only female skater to complete the triple jump in the free skate, winning the bronze medal. Mihara Mai, the women’s singles champion of the Four Continents Championships in 2017 and 2022, ranked lowest among the three this time, ranking seventh.

In this season’s figure skating Grand Prix finals, Japanese players accounted for half of the women’s singles. World champion Kaori Sakamoto won the championship. The bronze medalist was young player Yoshida Hina, and Sumiyoshi Reine finished sixth. Even in the most competitive Winter Olympics, the Japanese team was able to break the Russian women’s singles monopoly and win medals.

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In the men’s singles skating competition, the Japanese team also sent three people to participate. The 21-year-old Japanese player Kagiyama Yuma won the gold medal with a total score of over 300 points, surpassing the second Japanese player Shun Sato by 32.99 points. Another Japanese player, Sota Yamamoto, ranked fourth, only 9.52 points behind the bronze medalist. In addition, Japanese star Shoma Uno, who did not participate this time, is also very good.

Compared with the Japanese team, it is an indisputable fact that the overall strength of the Chinese team is no longer highly competitive internationally. In the competition of four events, the Chinese team did not receive any medals. Jin Boyang finished fifth in the men’s single skating event, which is the best record of the Chinese team in all events.

In women’s single skating, the Chinese team’s highest rank was 13th place. In men’s single skating, Jin Boyang, Chen Yudong and Dai David ranked fifth, ninth and 20th respectively. Veteran Jin Boyang has participated in the Winter Olympics twice, finishing fourth at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, winning five national championships and two World Championship bronze medals. However, although Jin Boyang, who was suffering from injuries, has improved his condition, he is still not as good as his peak.

Shen Xue/Zhao Hongbo and Sui Wenjing/Han Cong once represented the “golden era” of China’s pairs skating event. The new No. 1 combination Peng Cheng/Wang Lei has a short running-in time and a lack of professional guidance from coaches in the early stage.

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The Chinese figure skating team has achieved 2 gold and 3 silver medals at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Entering the Milan Winter Olympics cycle, how to complete the replacement of the old and new teams and the integration of the lineup as soon as possible is an important issue facing Chinese figure skating.

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