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Hanyu wins free skate as Japan leads at World Team Trophy

Nathan Chen of the United States performs during the Men's free skating of World Team Trophy Figure Skating in Tokyo, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Nathan Chen of the United States performs during the Men's free skating of World Team Trophy Figure Skating in Tokyo, Friday, April 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO — World champion Yuzuru Hanyu finished first in the free skate as Japan maintained its lead in the figure skating World Team Trophy on Friday.

Hanyu received 200.9 points for a routine that featured four quadruple jumps. Compatriot Shomu Uno finished second with 198.49 as Japan improved to 81 points in the six-nation competition.

The United States was second with 78, followed by Russia with 74 and Canada with 67.

Toronto's Patrick Chan finished third in the free skate with 190.74 points while Nathan Chen of the U.S. was fourth with 185.24.

France's Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres won the pairs short program while Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., were first in the ice dancing free program.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., were third in the pairs.

Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva will be aiming to help Russia close the gap with Japan in the women's free program on Saturday.

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