The two-time Olympic champion skated to “Rondo Capriccioso” and put on a scintillating show in the men’s short program to earn a whopping 111.31 points.
With the Beijing Olympics just over two months away, it is all coming together for Kagiyama at the right time.
Both champions won by wide margins over the second-place finishers.
American Vincent Zhou and Japanese teenager Mana Kawabe are both in second place heading into the free skate.
“Everything is improving now and technically spiritual,” Uno said. “The most important thing I have practiced is the quadruple salchow.”
Kagiyama was nothing short of spectacular in his Grand Prix of Italy free skate to music from “Gladiator” en route to victory.
Their pairs figure skating medal was Japan’s first on the GP circuit since Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran claimed the silver at the NHK Trophy in...