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Japan continued its medal haul this season by taking three more at the Grand Prix de France over the weekend of November 4-6 in Angers.
The Hinomaru’s consistent success on both the junior and senior circuits this campaign has been impressive. Yamamoto’s medal was his first ever at a senior GP, while Tomono collected his fourth career GP medal.
The 19-year-old Sumiyoshi made the podium in her senior GP debut by moving up from fifth place after the short program on Friday.
France’s Adam Siao Him Fa won the men’s event with a total score of 268.98 points on Saturday, climbing from third after the short program to take the title. Yamamoto’s tally in second was 257.90, while Tomono posted 248.77 in third.
Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx, last season’s world silver medalist, claimed the women’s crown with 216.34 on her 23rd birthday on Saturday, with South Korea’s Yelim Kim second on 194.76. Sumiyoshi notched 194.34 in third.
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Author: Jack Gallagher
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