Photo/IllutrationSatoko Miyahara, of Japan, center, holds her gold medal as she stands with Kaori Sakamoto, of Japan, left, who won silver, and Sofia Samodurova, of Russia, right, who won bronze, at Skate America, on Oct. 21, in Everett, Washington. (AP Photo)

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EVERETT, United States--Satoko Miyahara and Kaori Sakamoto made it an all-Japanese women’s top 2 at Skate America on Oct. 21, the final day of the three-day figure skating competition here.

Miyahara reached the top during the short program on the previous day, followed by a top quality performance at the free skate, scoring 145.85 points.

With a total score of 219.71, Miyahara’s win meant she has clinched back-to-back titles in the first event of this season’s International Skating Union Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series.

“I was nervous during the real stage, but I am glad I could do my performance in my own way,” Miyahara sid.

Last year, she had just recovered from injury when going into Skate America, so she recognized her own improvement during this season.

“(My performance quality) was different from that of last year because I practiced a lot out of season. I will continue to improve what I can do, aiming to increase my score even more.”

Sakamoto finished second, with a 213.90 total score. Marin Honda came in eighth with a disappointing 158.04 due to a fall when trying to land a jump during her performance.

The second event of the series, Skate Canada, is scheduled to start in Laval, Quebec, on Oct. 26.

Japanese skaters set to appear include Shoma Uno and Kazuki Tomono in the men’s event, and Wakaba Higuchi in the women’s.