Uno Shoma leads after short program at Challenge Cup in last tune-up before Worlds
Uno Shoma leads the senior men's event at the 2020 Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands, despite a slight mishap during his short program.
The PyeongChang 2018 silver medallist looked relaxed on the ice, smiling and grinning despite stepping out of his quadruple toe loop on what should have been a combination with a triple toe loop.
Wearing the same outfit as he did at Japanese nationals, a maroon-and-blue outfit with sparkles, the Nagoya skater scored 91.71 points for his short program.
Germany's Jonathan Hess was second on 76.35 while Uno's teammate Tanaka Keiji was third, scoring 75.54.
Uno opened with a clean quadruple flip, which had looked off during the six-minute warm-up, before leading into what should have been his combination.
However, he had to step out of the first element of the combo, the quad toe loop.
The Japanese finished his jumps with the required Axel, a triple, before putting in an impressive step sequence and spins.
He received 46.31 for his technical element score and 45.40 for his program component score.
It was a solid, if not perfect, performance from a skater who looks much happier on the ice, having struggled earlier in the season without an official coach, and a good warm-up before next month's World Championships in Montreal.