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Japan's Sumoto earns men's gold at JGP Latvia

American Hiwatashi rises to earn bronze medal; Greens take third in dance
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Japan's Mitsuki Sumoto moved up from fourth after the short program to claim gold at the Junior Grand Prix in Riga, Latvia. -Getty Images

Mitsuki Sumoto moved up from fourth after the short program to earn the men's gold medal Saturday at the Junior Grand Prix (JGP) in Riga, Latvia. In the ice dance competition, Russia's Sofia Shevchenko and Igor Eremenko took the top place on the podium with a narrow victory over teammates Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov.


Sumoto scooped up a personal-best 140.26 points for his Les Miserables free skate, a mark that proved to be more than enough to help him secure the gold medal. The 16-year-old's event total of 203.51 was also a personal high.

Makar Ignatov was steady throughout the event, and after finishing second in both the short program and the free skate, the Russian was able to return home with the silver medal.

Reigning junior world bronze medalist Tomoki Hiwatashi picked up the same prize in Latvia, while fellow American Maxim Naumov finished eighth.

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Shevchenko and Eremenko were second entering the free dance, but after accruing 82.04 points for their program -- which was set to Drehz's "Heart Cry" and "La Boulange" by Yann Tiersen -- the Russians departed Riga with the top honor.

Overnight leaders Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov finished second in the free dance, but their event total of 139.83 points proved to be just short of the overall mark of 140.91 tallied by their countrymates.

Team USA's Caroline Green and Gordon Green took third with a final score of 124.58, with teammates Emma Gunter and Caleb Wein finishing seventh.