U.S. coasts to overall win at World Team Trophy

FUKUOKA, Japan -- Russia's Elizaveta Tuktamysheva won the women's free skate Saturday, but the United States held on to its huge overnight lead to win the World Team Trophy for the fourth time.

The U.S. topped the team standings with 117 points, owning 1-2 finishes in the men's short and free programs in recent days by two-time and reigning world champion Nathan Chen and world bronze medalist Vincent Zhou; Chen finished first and Zhou finished second in both events.

Defending champion Japan finished second overall with 104 points, and Russia was third with 102.

Tuktamysheva opened her free skate with a flawless triple axel, followed it up with a triple lutz-triple toe loop combination and added three more triples, two more combinations and a variety of maximum level-four spins and steps to earn 153.89 points.

The 2015 world champion and the runner-up to Japan's Rika Kihira in the short program on Thursday, Tuktamysheva finished ahead of American Bradie Tennell (150.83 points) and Japan's Kaori Sakamoto (146.70).

Kihira, 16, won the Grand Prix Final and Four Continents titles this season but finished fifth with 138.37 points after falling in her opening triple axel and during a triple-triple combination halfway through.

"This was an extremely successful event for Team USA," said U.S. captain Madison Hubbell, who combined with Zachary Donohue to finish third in both the short and long ice dance programs. "Everyone had beautiful performances."

European champions Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France won the pairs free skate with 152.52 points. The Russian pair of Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert finished second with 141.32 and Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro, the Four Continents silver medalists, were third with 131.84.

The competition among the season's six best nations has been held six times as a season-closing major figure skating event, almost biennially since 2009. The United States also won the title in 2009, 2013 and 2015, and Japan took top honors in 2012 and 2017.