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Japan’s Miki Ando Wins Cup of China

Former world champion Miki Ando dominated Saturday’s free skate despite a watered-down routine to win the Cup of China.

Ando, who had been in third place after Friday’s short program, opted not to attempt her double axel-triple toeloop, substituting that with a double-double.

It paid off as she finished with 172.21 points, putting her comfortably ahead of fellow Japanese skater Akiko Suzuki, who was second with 162.86 points.

Alena Leonova of Russia was third with 148.61 points, while American Mirai Nagasu — who won Friday’s short program — finished fourth after falling while attempting a triple flip, double toeloop.

"After the short program, I felt bad because I was third, but I knew I had to skate better in the free program today," said Ando, who skated to Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor.

Takahiko Kozuka of Japan won the men’s competition, wowing the audience with the same spirit that left him in first after the short program.

Kozuka’s intricate footwork and fluid interpretation of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 earned him 233.52 points, despite having grazed the ice with his hand on his quad toeloop opener.

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