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Elizaveta Tuktamysheva wins free skate, U.S. claims World Team Trophy

Associated Press

TOKYO – World champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was first in the women’s free skate on Saturday, but the United States held on to win the World Team Trophy.

Tuktamysheva landed a triple axel to finish with 134.21 points, comfortably ahead of compatriot Elena Radionova with 129.73. Japan’s Satoko Miyahara was third with 129.12.

Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold were fourth and fifth, respectively, as the U.S. finished with 110 points, one ahead of Russia. The Americans had a four-point lead going into the final day.

“This was an amazing competition,” U.S. captain Evan Bates said. “Watching is so much more stressful than being on the ice and skating. Especially toward the end, when it started to get really close.”

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada won the pairs free skate with 140.70. Sui Wenjing and Han Chong of China were second with 139.73, followed by Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim of the U.S.

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