Shoma Uno of Japan performs during the men's free skate competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif. Photo: AP/Chris Carlson
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Uno takes men's title at Four Continents

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By JOE REEDY

Japan's Shoma Uno successfully landed three quadruple jumps during Saturday night's free skate, including one in combination, to win the men's title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Uno was in fifth place after the short program and was the first skater in the final group. The 2018 Olympic silver medalist scored a 197.36, which is the highest score in a long program in an international competition this season, and posted a total of 289.12 points. Uno said earlier this week that he had reinjured his right ankle after winning Japan's national championship in December.

China's Boyang Jin finished second in the free skate with 181.34 points and trailed Uno by nearly 16 points in the final standings with 273.51 points.

American Vincent Zhou led after the short program and had some technical errors during his free skate. He was fifth in the long program (172.04) but still got a podium spot by placing third overall with 272.22 points. Jason Brown was fifth (258.89 points) and Tomoki Hiwatashi eighth (236.79).

Ealier, China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Han edged Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro by six-hundredths of a point to win the pairs competition

China's Cheng Peng and Yang Jin were third. American pairs finished fourth through sixth, led by reigning national champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc. Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier were fifth, followed by 2018 Four Continents champions Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea.

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In terms of ice-skating, Japanese are like Chinese in terms of table tennis: Godlike and invincible.

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^ They didn't win last year's World Championships though

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