Japans Akiko Suzuki beats Asada for NHK Trophy – Brandon Mroz makes jump for the history books

Akiko Suzuki of Japan won the NHK Trophy on Saturday and Brandon Mroz of the United States made skating history by becoming the first to land a quadruple lutz in international competition.

Suzuki held off Mao Asada in the free skate to earn her first Grand Prix title in two seasons. Suzuki, who had an eight-point lead over Asada after the short program, made several mistakes in the final but scored 119.43 points for a total of 185.98, just 1.79 points ahead of Asada.

“I’m very happy to have won my first NHK Trophy, but I’m not at all satisfied with my free skate,” Suzuki said. “I will reflect on my mistakes and try to improve them.”

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