MOSCOW, November 17 (R-Sport) - Takahito Mura took his first figure skating Grand Prix title on Saturday with victory at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris.
The Japanese skater's score of 227.63 saw him edge out Jeremy Abbott of the United States by 3.05 points, with former European champion Florent Amodio of France third at his home Grand Prix with a score of 214.25.
Mura, who had never finished on the podium at a Grand Prix, denied former Grand Prix Finals winner Abbott his first win on the circuit since last year's Cup of China. The American had never previously competed in Paris.
Home favorite and ex-world champion Brian Joubert had been third after Friday’s short program, but a free skate score of 134.70 left him in fifth overall.
Amodio had been seventh overnight but surged back into contention by scoring 154.12 in the free skate, the day's best.
Earlier, Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov won the pairs competition.
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