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Thursday, 10th March 2011
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Tanaka gets silver at world skating juniors

A 16-year-old Japanese skater has performed well at the recent world junior ice skating championships.

Keiji Tanaka won the silver medal in the men's singles event after finishing sixth in the short programme before going on to win the free skate and finishing just three points behind the gold medal winner Andrei Rogozine from Canada.

The young skater also managed to successfully complete eight triple jumps, including two triple axels during the competition, which was held in the Republic of Korea.

"I came in sixth in the short programme and I actually didn't think too much about my position," Tanaka told the Japan Times.

"I just wanted to skate well in the free skating and I focused on that. For next season, I not only want to work on jumps, but I want to enjoy my skating. I don't know yet whether I'll skate in seniors or juniors."

Written by Susan Ballion.