Jun-hwan Cha and Young-young Yoo, the representatives of Korean figure skating singles, won bronze medals side by side in the Grand Prix competition.
Cha Jun-hwan received 163.68 points in the men’s single free skating in the fourth round of the figure skating Grand Prix held at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, and finished third with a total of 259.60 points in the short program.
Japan’s Shoma Uno went on to win the championship, and Vincent Zhou of the United States took second place.
It is the first time in three years since the 3rd Grand Prix of the 2018-2019 season that Cha Jun-hwan won a medal at the Senior Grand Prix.
Cha Jun-hwan, who started acting to the tune of ‘Opera Turandot’, perfectly jumped the first jump task, the quadruple toe loop.
However, on the second jump, the quadruple salcho, the landing collapsed and he fell and could not continue his momentum.
Moreover, the performance score was reduced by 2.15 points due to the lack of rotational speed.
Embarrassed, Jun-hwan Cha made three mistakes in the seven jumps, such as performing a triple flip-triple toe loop consecutive jump and processing the second jump attached as a two-turn toe loop jump. Done.
Yoo Young, who previously competed in the women’s singles free skating, also won the bronze medal with a total of 203.60 points.
Yoo Young, who won the bronze medal in two consecutive competitions following the first competition last month, succeeded in winning two consecutive senior grand prix medals for the first time in 12 years since Yuna Kim in 2009.
In addition, this is the first time in the history of Korean figure skating that a male and female athlete won the Senior Grand Prix medal on the same day.
Lim Eun-soo, who participated in the women’s singles event with Yoo Young, was fifth with 196.68 points, and Wi Seo-young was ninth with 170.54 points.
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