Takahashi draws plaudits for win

Reuters - Fri, 26 Mar 08:01:00 2010

Japan's Daisuke Takahashi was feted by his country's media after becoming the first Japanese man to win a figure skating world title.

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Broadsheets and tabloids hailed Takahashi's Turin victory simply as "history for Japan" before the country turned its sights to the more popular women's competition.

Takahashi also became Asia's first male world champion following his bronze medal at last month's Vancouver Olympics and already set his sights on a repeat next year on home ice.

"I'm still not satisfied," the 24-year-old told Friday's Japanese media. "I have already targeted a gold medal at next year's world championships in Tokyo.

"I didn't feel any pressure," added Takahashi, who won in Turin in the absence of Olympic champion Evan Lysacek and Yevgeny Plushenko.

"I knew I had a very good chance with people missing from Vancouver. It's still a big step for me regardless of who wasn't here.”

Millions of Japanese are expected to be glued to their televsions again for the renewal of Mao Asada's rivalry with women's Olympic and world champion Kim Yuna of South Korea.

Figure Skating - World Championships:

Ladies Short Programme - Friday 12.30pm & 2.45pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Free Dance - Friday 8pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Ladies Free Skate - Saturday 6pm on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Exhibition - Sunday 6.15pm on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) and Eurosport Player

Reuters

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