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SAPPORO ― Sota Yamamoto is the surprise leader after the short program in the NHK Trophy at Makomanai Arena on Friday night, November 18. The 22-year-old recorded a personal-best score of 96.49 points with a fine performance at Japan's annual Grand Prix event.
Kazuki Tomono is in fourth with 85.07.
Audrey Shin (65.87) of the United States is fourth, while Rinka Watanabe is ninth with 58.36.
Watanabe will need a big rally in the free skate if she hopes to qualify for next month's Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy.
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Author: Jack Gallagher