Reigning world figure skating champion Kaori Sakamoto picked up her first Grand Prix Final title Saturday, while Ilia Malinin dazzled with a series of quadruple jumps to win the men's competition.
Sakamoto earned 148.35 points in the free skate for a total of 225.70 at Beijing's National Indoor Stadium. The 23-year-old from Kobe, Japan, stepped out of her triple flip but otherwise had a clean program.
Belgium's Loena Hendrickx finished second with 203.36 points, 0.20 above third-place Hana Yoshida of Japan, who moved up one place from the previous day's short program with the second-highest free skate score.
Sakamoto, also the 2022 Beijing Olympics bronze medalist, topped both the short program and free skate.
"I'm so happy," Sakamoto said. "My rival is my past self. I was able to outperform myself. I want to tell myself that I did a good job."
Belgium's Nina Pinzarrone, who was third after the short program, settled for fourth place with 194.91.
In the men's event, Malinin won the Grand Prix Final for the first time with a personal-best total of 314.66 points, the world's third highest of all time.
The 19-year-old American collected a whopping 207.76 in the free skate after he fell on his opening quad axel but bounced back to land five clean quad jumps the rest of the way.
The top three spots remained unchanged from the short program, with Shoma Uno finishing second with a total of 297.34 and Japanese compatriot Yuma Kagiyama third with 288.65.
Uno's coach Stephane Lambiel said he was happy with how well Uno performed in the second half of his free program.
"Scores are important, but I believe it's important the person closest to me is satisfied with my performance," Uno said, referring to Lambiel. "I gave it everything I had."
The Grand Prix Final is contested by only the top six skaters in each category in the six-leg series.