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Japan's Mura wins Four Continents

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January 24, 2014 11:31 AM EST | AP


TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Takahito Mura of Japan won the Four Continents gold medal despite placing second to figure skating compatriot Takahiko Kozuka in the free skate on Friday.

Mura's near-flawless performance included a triple axel plus double toe loop jump sequence, and quadruple toe loop jump. They earned him 158.35 points for the segment and 242.56 overall, more than six points better than second-place Kozuka.

Fourth after the short program, Kozuka's free skate lead allowed him to total 236.38 and edge the silver medal from Nan Song of China, who was third in the free and tallied 236.09.

Richard Dornbush of the United States was second from the short program but an error-marred free skate, including a fall on the quadruple salchow, dropped him to seventh for the segment and out of medal contention.