Mao Asada wins world championship title

The Associated Press

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) -- Mao Asada of Japan won the free skate on Saturday to capture her third world figure skating title.

Asada, who held a slim 1.42-point lead after the short program, under-rotated three jumps but finished with 216.69 points, 9.19 ahead Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia. Carolina Kostner, the 2012 world champion, settled for the bronze with 203.83 points.

Asada, who finished sixth at the Sochi Olympics, also won the world championships in 2008 and 2010 and becomes the first Japanese three-time champion.

Asada opened with her trademark triple axel but under-rotated that one as well as a triple flip and double loop, but she earned high style points after impressing the judges.

European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy captured the ice dance title.

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