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FIGURE SKATING | Levito Takes Women’s Gold in Close Battle with Shin at World Juniors; Sumiyoshi Finishes Eighth

In Estonia, the Americans captured gold medals in men’s and women’s singles as well as ice dance.

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Rion Sumiyoshi competes in the women's free skate at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia on April 17. (KYODO)

Isabeau Levito of the United States won the women’s world junior championship by a narrow margin over South Korea’s Jia Shin on Sunday, April 17 in Tallinn, Estonia. 

Levito, the leader after the short program, edged Shin by just over half a point to give the US its third title of the competition.

The 15-year-old Levito’s winning score was 206.55, while runner-up Shin tallied 206.01. The US also took home the bronze as Lindsay Thorngren finished with 199.42.

The Americans concluded the world juniors with gold medals in men’s and women’s singles as well as ice dance.

Rion Sumiyoshi was eighth at 174.58, while Rinka Watanabe came in 10th on 165.44 in disappointing results for the Japanese women. Jump mistakes by both skaters in their short programs put them in difficult positions going into the free skate.

Read the full story here, on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website SportsLook.


Author: Jack Gallagher

The author is a veteran sports journalist and one of the world’s foremost figure skating experts. Find articles and podcasts by Jack on his author page, here, and find him on Twitter @sportsjapan.