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Shawn Sawyer finishes second at Skate America. ((Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press) )

From Kim Yu-na's record-setting performance to Evan Lysacek's powerful free skate, it was a great Saturday night for world champions at Skate America in Lake Placid, N.Y.

A couple hours after South Korea's Yu-na iced her world-record 76.28 points in the women's short program, Lysacek won his first crown at this event.

He wasn't nearly as brilliant as in his short program the previous night, but he didn't need to be in besting Edmundston, N.B., native Shawn Sawyer. Lysacek hit seven triple jumps and finished with some fancy footwork and an impressive combination spin that got the crowd on its feet.

His 237.72 points were nearly 29 better than Sawyer.

"This was a very big step forward since Cup of China," Lysacek said, referring to finishing second to Japan's Nobunari Oda in Beijing two weeks ago.

"I had no technical deductions. I'll work on my program at home and my concentration and strength for the Grand Prix final."

His victory qualified him for that competition next month in Tokyo — and put Lysacek in a strong mindset for January's nationals and that little event in Vancouver in February.