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Shoma Uno wins Japan figure skating title, matches Yuzuru Hanyu

Shoma Uno

OSAKA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 25: Shoma Uno of Japan competes in the Men’s Free Skating during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - NHK Trophy at Towa Pharmaceutical RACTAB Dome on November 25, 2023 in Osaka, Japan. (Photo by Toru Hanai - International Skating Union/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

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Shoma Uno won his sixth national title, tying Yuzuru Hanyu’s career total for the most by a Japanese men’s singles figure skater in the last 50 years.

Uno, the two-time reigning world champion, totaled 298.04 points with six quadruple jumps between two programs in Nagano this week.

He prevailed by 5.94 over Olympic silver medalist Yuma Kagiyama.

Both men are likely headed to March’s world championships, where American Ilia Malinin may be the favorite after winning the Grand Prix Final earlier this month.

Uno earned four consecutive national titles from 2016-19 (Hanyu missed three of those), then won again the last two years. Either Hanyu, who retired after the 2022 Olympics, or Uno won every national title dating to 2012.

Takeshi Honda also won six national titles from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s.

Nobuo Satō holds the men’s record of 10 Japanese titles — consecutive in the 1950s and ’60s — before coaching some of Japan’s top skaters.

Two-time world champion Kaori Sakamoto won a fourth women’s title, rolling by 23.85 points over Mone Chiba. It’s her largest margin of victory of her four titles.

The only woman with more national titles since 2000 is Mao Asada, who captured six.