Japan's Yuma Kagiyama claimed his first Four Continents figure skating title Saturday in Shanghai.

The silver medalist at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics earned 200.76 points in the free skate for a total of 307.58, the world's second-highest score of the season.

Japan's Yuma Kagiyama reacts after performing his free skate at the Four Continents figure skating championships in Shanghai on Feb. 3, 2024.

Kagiyama placed first in both the short program and free skate at the SPD Bank Oriental Sports Center.

"I want to celebrate this result," the 20-year-old said. "I'll aim higher by thinking about what I need and try to deliver a better performance."

Compatriot Shun Sato finished second with 274.59.

South Korea's Cha Jun Hwan came in third with 272.95, outscoring Sota Yamamoto to avoid a podium sweep by Japan. China's Jin Boyang was fifth.

Japan's Yuma Kagiyama (C) poses with his gold medal at the Four Continents figure skating championships in Shanghai on Feb. 3, 2024, alongside compatriot Shun Sato (L) and South Korea's Cha Jun Hwan, who took silver and bronze, respectively. (Kyodo)

Earlier in the day, Canada's Deanna Stellato-Dudek and Maxime Deschamps won the pairs event with 198.80 points, 8.03 ahead of second-place Japanese Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara.

Americans Ellie Kam and Danny O'Shea scored 187.28 for third place.

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