PARIS — Takahiko Kozuka has taken the lead at the Trophee Bompard after the men's short program on Friday, maintaining his good form since winning the Cup of China three weeks ago.
The Japanese skater's energetic performance gave him 77.64 points heading into Saturday's free skate. Florent Amodio of France is second on 75.62, with Brandon Mroz of the United States in third place on 72.46 points.
World champion Mao Asada, struggling for form, is due to skate later Friday in the women's short program, which will be followed by the ice dance.
In the pairs, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany lead with 66.65 points. Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia are next with 64.18, followed by Maylin Hausch and Daniel Wende of Germany with 54.02.
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