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Evgenia Medvedeva wins NHK Trophy to secure Grand Prix berth

Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva won the NHK Trophy on Saturday to secure a place in the International Skating Union's Grand Prix final.

Canadian pair Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau just miss podium

Evgenia Medvedeva, shown in this October 2017 file photo, booker her spot in the Grand Prix Final with a victory at NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan, on Saturday. (File/The Associated Press)

Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva won the NHK Trophy on Saturday to secure a place in the International Skating Union's Grand Prix final.

The Russian, who was first after the short program, recovered from a shaky start to win the free skate for a total of 224.39 points.

Carolina Kostner of Italy was second with 212.24 points, followed by Russia's Polina Tsurskaya with 210.19.

Two-time world champion Evgenia Medvedeva won the NHK Trophy on Saturday to secure a place in the International Skating Union's Grand Prix final. 7:55

Canada's Alaine Chartrand finished 11th with 159.36.

Medvedeva fell on her opening triple flip, which was supposed to be a combinations jump, and two-footed a triple lutz but nailed the rest of her jumps. Combined with her win at Cup of Russia last month, Medvedeva booked her place at the Dec. 7-10 Grand Prix final in Nagoya, Japan.

The 21-year-old posted a free skate score of 109.76 to finish 11th overall at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. 7:24

"I'm not satisfied with my free program," Medvedeva said. "But I'm glad I did the combination in the second half which was the best part of my program."

Sui, Han take pairs gold

World champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the gold medal in pairs with 234.53 points.

The duo posted the best score in both the short program and the free skate to take home the gold at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. 9:14

Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia were second, followed by compatriots Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov.

Canadian pair Julianne Seguin and Charlie Bilodeau finished just off the podium in fourth with a score of 194.37.

The duo posted a free skate score of 130.39 to finish 4th at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. 8:06

Voronov top in men's competition

Sergei Voronov of Russia took the men's title in Osaka, while Adam Rippon of the U.S. was second and Alexei Bychenko of Israel took bronze.

Voronov swept the short program and free skate on his way to victory at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. 8:33

 
Canada's Keegan Messing was the top Canadian, finishing fifth.
The Canadian racked up a total score of 235.80 to finish 5th at the ISU Grand Prix NHK Trophy in Osaka, Japan. 8:05

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating series consists of six events and culminates in the Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan, next month.

Canadian ice dance duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir return to action in the free dance at 9:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, followed by the gala performances on Sunday at 1 a.m. ET, both of which will be live streamed on CBCSports.ca.

The event will also be featured on Road to the Olympic Games on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and Sunday at 4 p.m. local time on CBC Television.

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir score 80.92 points in Osaka, Japan. 3:38

With files from CBC Sports

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