Read the full story on SportsLook - Kaori Sakamoto Wins Gold by Big Margin at Grand Prix Final
The 23-year-old star, who earned the bronze medal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics, scored a dominating victory by more than 22 points with a solid free skate.
Sakamoto's winning total tally was 225.70 points, easily outscoring Belgium's Loena Hendrickx, who took the silver with 203.36. A fabulous free skate from Hana Yoshida brought her the bronze, and nearly the silver, as she moved up from fourth place after the short program with a score of 203.16.
Belgium's Nina Pinzarrone, who was third after the short program, slid to fourth to finish on 194.91. Isabeau Levito of the United States was fifth with 191.86, while Rion Sumiyoshi came in sixth at 180.39.
The 23-year-old Sakamoto skated to "Wild Is The Wing" and "Feeling Good" and landed six clean triples while earning level fours on all of her spins and step sequence.
Sakamoto's quality of skating this night showed why she is the best in the world as she displayed beautiful line and edge during her routine.
Third Time's a Charm for Kaori Sakamoto
The triumph brought Sakamoto her first medal at the senior GPF on the third attempt. She was fifth last year in Turin, Italy, and also fifth in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2018.
"I am really happy that I won the France GP and Finland GP and now the Final," Sakamoto stated. "This is very exciting. I have reached my goals."
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Author: Jack Gallagher
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