17-year-old Kao Miura turns into sixth Japanese skater to win males’s World Junior title

Japan bagged its sixth Worldwide Skating Union World Junior Decide Skating Championships title after Kao Miura, 17, gained gold in Canada over the weekend.

Miura accomplished the boys’s junior decide skating championship in Calgary on Saturday with a final ranking of 179.63 inside the free skate self-discipline and an entire ranking of 264.74

I made errors nonetheless managed to tug points collectively. It’s good to be ‘Champion Miura’ as soon as extra,” the Tokyo-born skater acknowledged, alluding to his 4 Continents win in February, Kyodo Data reported. “This isn’t my goal. I hope to spice up my diploma of effectivity and maintain working from subsequent season onward.”

Dancing to “Magnificence and the Beast,” Miura pulled off quite a few feats, along with a quad toe, quad toe-triple toe and quad Salchow, named after the Danish-born Swedish decide skater Ulrich Salchow.

Miura moreover managed to land two triple Axels, considered to be most likely probably the most robust maneuvers to tug off, on the world championship. Speaking to reporters, Miura acknowledged he gave himself about “a 70% ranking” for his effectivity, “significantly inside the second half of this technique.”

I was ready to land the quad-triple combination inside the second half,” Miura acknowledged, in accordance with Golden Skate. “I really feel that combination was actually further gorgeous than my triple-triple combination inside the temporary [program].”

Second-place winner Naoki Ross, 16, of Switzerland, whose mother may also be Japanese, acquired a 220.68, incomes him the silver medal, whereas fellow Japanese decide skater Nozomu Yoshioka, 19, took residence bronze.

Miura’s win on Saturday marked Japan’s sixth junior males’s world title, the first medal the nation has gained since 2018 Winter Olympics silver-medalist Shoma Uno bagged the title in Tallinn, Estonia, in 2015.

Totally different earlier Japanese title holders embody Daisuke Takahashi in 2002, Nobunari Oda in 2005, Takahiko Kozuka in 2006 and Yuzuru Hanyu, typically referred to as Japan’s “Ice Prince,” in 2010. Within the meantime, the first Japanese junior decide skater to win a medal inside the males’s division was Takashi Mura, who took residence the silver medal at the inaugural World Junior Decide Skating Championships in Megève, France, in 1976.

Along with Miura, female junior decide skater Mao Shimada, 14, moreover gained gold at Saturday’s event. The ultimate time Japan swept the gold medals on the World Junior Decide Skating Championships was by the 2010 rivals at The Hague, Netherlands, when Hanyu and Kanako Murakami each gained a gold medal.


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