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Murakami takes women’s gold despite ankle injury

AP, TAIPEI

Japan’s Kanako Murakami took gold in the women’s competition at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships after a brilliant performance in the free skate on Saturday despite a lingering ankle injury.

Murakami finished 10 points above Satoko Miyahara, also from Japan, whose free skate performance vaulted her from fourth to second overall. Despite a sore ankle hindering her practice, Murakami, 19, hit a triple toe-triple toe combination, triple lutz and triple flip-double toe for her first gold at an international championship.

Ahead of her first Winter Olympics next month, Murakami earned a segment score of 132.18 and overall total of 196.91

“I was anxious the whole time because of my leg,” Murakami said.

Making her Four Continents debut, Miyahara, 15, produced a stellar performance that included a triple lutz-triple toe and double axel-double toe combinations for 126.26 in the free skate and a total of 186.53.

“I know this will be a great start for the next season,” Miyahara said.

Li Zijun of China took bronze.

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