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Jin cracks 300-point plateau en route to victory

Chinese skater fends off Uno for gold medal; American Brown wins bronze
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Second entering the free skate, Boyang Jin delivered a technically sound routine to music from 'Star Wars,' and his efforts were rewarded on the score sheet. The Chinese skater earned 200.78 points in the program -- which included an opening quadruple lutz as well as a quadruple toe-double toe -- and his final tally of 300.95 points was enough to overtake Shoma Uno for the gold medal. -Getty Images

China's Boyang Jin jumped his way to the gold medal Saturday on the final day of the 2018 Four Continents Championships as he bested Shoma Uno of Japan, who held a slim lead after the short program. Team USA's Jason Brown vaulted in the standings to depart Chinese Taipei with the bronze medal.

Jin was flying high in his 'Star Wars' routine as he reeled off a huge quadruple lutz, quadruple salchow and a triple axel-single loop-triple salchow combination as well as a quad toe-double toe, one final quad toe, a triple axel and a triple flip. The lone glitch in his program came when the two-time world bronze medalist stumbled on a triple lutz-double toe combination.

The Chinese skater, who missed last month's Grand Prix Final due to foot injuries, picked up a Level 4 for his three spins and footwork to score 200.78 points in the segment, while his total mark of 300.95 was just enough to win gold.

"After I withdrew from the Grand Prix Final, I worked really hard on my recovery and I trained the hardest I ever have," Jin said. "Thanks to that, I was able to give an almost perfect performance today. The result of this competition gives me confidence to challenge myself to give two perfect performances in PyeongChang."

Skating to "Turandot," overnight leader Uno produced a quad toe-double toe and quad toe, as well as six triples -- including two triple axels -- but he under-rotated a quad loop and fell on his quad flip. The 2017 Four Continents bronze medalist scored 197.45 points and totaled 297.94 overall to slip to second place.

"Unfortunately, I missed my quad flip, but the good part was that I kept calm and finished the program nicely," he said. "I didn't do my best today, but I still think the practice was not a waste. I would like to be more confident and take it to the next competition."

Brown, who was fourth after the short program, delivered an elegant performance of his "The Scent of Love" from The Piano free skate, one that featured a triple axel-triple toe, five additional clean triples as well as excellent spins and footwork. The 2015 U.S. champion posted a season's best mark of 179.44 in the segment and collected 269.22 points overall to earn his first senior-level ISU championship medal.

"Nothing was easy about this year," the 23-year-old said. "I felt that I was chasing something -- in this case it was kind of chasing the quad. That wasn't who I am. I think by the end of the season I was done running, I was done chasing after that and I wanted to come to this event and strip out of that shell and be me, and be proud of what I am. This is what I did at this event. I was owning who I was and performing my heart out and trying to be the best version of myself that I possibly could be."

Keiji Tanaka of Japan dropped from third following the short program to fourth overall with 260.31 points after popping a planned quad salchow into a triple and doubling a triple axel in his free skate.

Team USA's Max Aaron climbed from sixth to fifth place in the final standings with 255.45 points after delivering a solid free skate, while Misha Ge of Uzbekistan moved up from eighth after the short program to place sixth overall with 248.96 points.