Takahiko Kozuka of Japan wins Trophee Bompard

By Jerome Pugmire

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 27 2010 9:45 a.m. MST

PARIS — Takahiko Kozuka won the Trophee Bompard after an exceptional men's free program on Saturday, surpassing his Cup of China win three weeks ago with a better overall score.

Kozuka was under pressure after a strong free program from Florent Amodio put the Frenchman in the lead.

Kozuka recovered from a slight stumble when landing his first jump to deliver an otherwise perfectly synchronized performance to Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Kozuka clenched his fists as the crowd gave him an ovation and hugged coach Nobuo Sato. His score of 248.07 beat the 233.51 he managed in Beijing.

Amodio scored 229.38 and Brandon Mroz of the United States took bronze with 214.31.

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the pairs.

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