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China wins ice dance, leading pairs and men's short program at Asiad

(Xinhua)    10:41, February 25, 2017

SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 24 -- China won the ice dance at the Asian Winter Games here on Friday, and took the lead in both the pairs and men's short program.

Chinese Wang Shiyue/Liu Xinyu, who led the short dance on Thursday, posted a total score of 164.28 points to claim the top honors, ahead of Japanese Kana Muramoto/Chris Reed, who collected a total of 159.14. China's Chen Hong/Zhao Yan came third in 142.42.

"I am excited because it is my first Asian Winter Games gold medal," said Wang, who scored 98.26 in the free dance.

Wang accidentally had her knee cut by Liu's ice skate blade during the short dance and received three stitches.

"Yes, it hurts. My doctor asked me not to move in the sleep, so I tried to keep still the whole night. It's hard," said Wang, who bursted into tears after winning the title. "I felt nervous in the free dance, because I was worrying about my knee."

"I have never met this kind of accident before," she added. "I tried to focus on the dance and not to think about it, but it was difficult."

Wang and Liu were happy to beat the hosts at the Games.

"The Japanese pair were better than us last season, but this time we performed better," said Liu. "We trained hard in the United Statesand now all the efforts are paid off."

"We improved a lot from training abroad," he added. "The coach helped us a lot."

Both the Chinese pairs are trained under foreign coach Pasquale Camerlengo.

"He taught me how to perform a story in ice dance and how to be the leading role in the story," Wang said.

In the pairs short program, Yu Xiaoyu/Zhang Hao, who finished fourth at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships last week, danced passionately to "Eternal Flame, Fearless" and earned 77.0 points to rank first.

Another Chinese duo Peng Cheng/Jin Yang, skated to "My Drag" by Jimbo Mathus, came behind in 67.24 despite a mistake in their throw triple-loop.

"I was relaxed today, and I didn't expect such a high score," Yu said. "We have many team tests recently and we are lack of training."

The two Chinese pairs switched partners nine months ago and after a hard time it seems the two pairs are both in good condition.

"It's difficult at first," said Yu, 21, a two-time world junior champion. "I had skated with Jin for nine years, so I was upset to dance with a new partner. But I know it is a good thing to both of us, so I accept it."

China's rising star Jin Boyang led the men's short program later on the day.

Jin, danced to "Spiderman", produced 92.86 points to stand atop despite minor errors in his opening quadruple jump.

Japan's Shoma Uno, third at the Four Continents Championships last week, trailed with only 0.43 points shy. China's Yan Han placed third in 91.56.

The women's and pairs' free skate will be held on Saturday.

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