Japanese figure-skater Mai Mihara won the gold medal in the women's single figure-skating event at the Krasnoyarsk Universiade, leaving her Kazakh and Russian competitors behind, on Saturday.

Mihara said after the event that she “appreciated” the fans supporting her while she was performing. “I am happy to be able to skate here,” she concluded.

Last year Mihara failed to be selected by Japan’s skating federation to perform at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championship, which is to be held in Japan’s Saitama city.

The silver medal winner, Kazakh athlete Elizabet Tursynbayeva shared her emotions upon getting her first Universiade title.

“Unfortunately I did not manage to do it to the previous Universiade held in Kazakhstan, I missed two weeks. I was a little bit worried, but I am glad I managed to deal with the free skating,” she said.

The 2019 Winter Universiade is an international student and youth competition, which is scheduled to take place from 2 to 12 March 2019, in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk. This is the first time the event takes place in Russia.

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