Japan’s Satoko Miyahara and Mai Mihara were in second and third place, respectively, at the NHK Trophy following the women’s short program on Friday.
Russia’s 2015 world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva held the lead with a score of 76.17, just 0.09 point ahead of Miyahara.
The 21-year-old Tuktamysheva — who took gold at the 2015 Shanghai worlds ahead of Miyahara — received a standing ovation at Hiroshima Green Arena following her routine that included a triple axel and triple lutz.
Miyahara opened with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination before landing a double axel and a triple loop en route to a season-best score of 76.08.
«I felt good on the ice, although I was a little nervous until end,» the 20-year-old Miyahara said. «I was able to skate carefully. I’m happy with how it went.»
The last of the 12 competitors to hit the ice, 19-year-old Mihara followed her opening triple lutz-triple toe loop combo with a double axel and a triple flip to score 70.38 in her NHK Trophy debut.
Making her first senior Grand Prix appearance, Japan’s Rika Kihira came in fifth with a score of 69.59.
The 16-year-old fell on her opening jump, a triple axel, but skated a clean program the rest of the way, landing a triple flip-triple toe loop combination and a triple lutz.
«I went into the triple axel too fast. I’m glad to have made my Grand Prix debut, but I’m not satisfied with my score,» Kihira said.
All — Kyodo News+