Uno withstands late charge from Jin to win title
Yamamota claims bronze medal behind strong free skate for Japan


Posted 3/7/15 by Klaus-Reinhold Kany, special to icenetwork
2015年3月7日 クラウス・レインホールド・カニー(icenetwork専属)

On Saturday in Tallinn, Shoma Uno became the fifth Japanese man to win the world junior title, following the footsteps of his idol, Daisuke Takahashi (2002), as well as Nobunari Oda (2005); Takahiko Kozuka (2006); and Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu (2010).
Rounding out the rest of the podium at the 2015 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, China's Boyang Jin won the free skate and the silver medal, and Uno's countryman, Sota Yamamoto, claimed bronze.
Uno, winner of the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) Final in December, was heavily favored, but the scores were closer than expected, because the 17-year-old missed his opening quadruple toe loop, landing just a downgraded triple instead. This cost him 11 or 12 points. His first triple Axel was good, but his second was judged under-rotated by the technical panel. Five other triples were clean, but he landed most of them with deeply bent knees. 
On the plus side, Uno skated with very strong edges. His step sequence -- which rated a rare level 4 -- and his closing combination spin were superb, and he related well to the tango rhythms of the soundtrack of Don Juan de Marco. He finished with 232.54 points.   
良かった点は、宇野は強いエッジで滑っていた。彼のレベル4と評価されたステップ・シークエンスと、終盤のスピン・コンビネーションは素晴らしく、「ドンファン(Don Juan de Marco)」のサウンドトラックのタンゴのリズムに良く符合していた。彼は232.54点でフィニッシュした。
"In this championship, more than at any other competition, I felt nervous in both the short program and free skate," Uno said.
A reporter asked Uno what aspects of his skating he needs to improve in order to reach Takahashi and Hanyu's level.
"I think I need to work most on the artistic side," Uno said. "It is also important to get more consistency in my jumps. ...I think it is necessary for me to work on both the artistic and the technical part, but I think, to brush up my artistic side, is the most important thing."
Jin, who placed fifth in the short program, won the free skate with three quadruple jumps: a clean Salchow, a clean toe loop and a toe loop with a hand down on the landing. He also hit a triple Axel and six other triple jumps, giving him a technical element score (TES) of 90.81. However, his choreography, skating skills and transitions were not nearly as strong as Uno's. He ended with 229.70 points.
"It was a quite good performance," Jin said. "The second quad wasn't so good, and I couldn't do the combination as planned, but then I was able to do it later. All the other things were quite good. For next year, I want to improve my skating skills and my performance skills."
Yamamoto climbed from seventh after the short program to place third in the free skate and win a surprising bronze medal. He did not do a quad in his program, but performed eight triple jumps, including two slightly shaky Lutzes. He finished with 215.45 points.   
"I was so nervous in the short program and tried not to be so nervous and not so stiff today," Yamamoto said. "My (improved) performance was the result of that. This season, I started to do the triple Axel in my programs. So next year, I want to try to include a quad in my program and I also want to brush up the presentation part."
Nathan Chen, who sat ninth after falling on a triple Axel in his short, climbed to fourth place with 213.85 points. He stepped out of his first quad toe loop and almost fell, but landed his second quad in combination with a double toe loop. Six triple jumps, including a triple flip-triple toe combination, were clean, and his spins and steps were good.
Chen has been recovering from a heel injury and elected not to try a triple Axel in is free skate.
"I am happier today than I was yesterday," Chen said. "Because of my injury, I did not expect very much from this competition, and I had to take medication here in order to be able to compete. If my first quad had worked, I might either have tried the second one or a triple Axel instead. I have a whole bunch of variations for my long program."
Chen added that he plans to take a few weeks off to heel his ankle, before resuming training in Artesia, California, under Rafael Arutunian.
Russia's Adian Pitkeev and Alexander Petrov placed fifth and sixth, respectively.




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