Ice Skating

American skater Evan Lysacek wins GP final

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TOKYO (AP)

World champion Evan Lysacek won the Grand Prix final Saturday, becoming the second straight American to capture the figure skating title.

Lysacek, who was second entering the free skate, received a season's best 249.45 points to finish ahead of Nobunari Oda of Japan, who was second with 243.36. Johnny Weir of the United States was third with 237.35 points.

Skating to "Sheherazade," Lysacek opened his routine with a triple lutz, triple toeloop combination and followed with a triple axel and a triple salchow.

Lysacek's only major mistakes came when he singled a triple axel, double toeloop and failed to do a double loop at the end of a triple combination jump.

Jeremy Abbott of the United States, who won the Grand Prix title last year, was fourth with 235.38 points. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, who was first after the short program, dropped to fifth after an error-filled free skate.

The top six skaters in the regular season Grand Prix standings qualify for the Grand Prix final.

In the pairs event, Shen Xue and Hongbo Zhao of China won the gold medal with a total score of 214.25 points, finishing ahead of Pang Qing and Tong Jian, who had 201.86 points. Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany were third with 200.38 points.


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