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Japan's Takahito Mura wins Skate Canada, landing 2 quadruple jumps

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KELOWNA, British Columbia — Japan's Takahito Mura won the Skate Canada International men's title Saturday, landing two quadruple jumps and finishing with 255.81 points.

Mura was in tears and buried his head in a towel after his marks went up.

"I was a little bit surprised how well I was able to do, until now I was lacking a bit of confidence," Mura said through an interpreter. "While I was skating, I was thinking, 'I'm doing really great. Very comfortable.'"

Spain's Javier Fernandez, the leader after the short program, dropped to second with 244.87 points. He had trouble on his three quad attempts, falling on one of them.

PHOTO: Takahito Mura, of Japan, celebrates after his men's free skate program at the Skate Canada International figure skating event in Kelowna, British Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
Takahito Mura, of Japan, celebrates after his men's free skate program at the Skate Canada International figure skating event in Kelowna, British Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

American Max Aaron was third at 231.77.

Russia's Anna Pogorilaya won the women's title with 191.81 points. American Ashley Wagner was second with 186.00, and Japan's Satoko Miyahara third at 181.75.

Canadian stars Patrick Chan and Kevin Reynolds skipped the event. Chan, a four-time winner in the event, is taking the season off, and Reynolds withdrew because of skate troubles.

Canada's Meaghan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs title with 210.74 points.

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong were second with 184.64, and Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov finished third at 175.45.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje won the ice dancing with 171.10 points to lead a Canadian sweep of the top two spots. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier were second at 152.60, and Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished third at 148.23.

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PHOTO: Takahito Mura, of Japan, celebrates after his men's free skate program at the Skate Canada International figure skating event in Kelowna, British Columbia, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)
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