THE HAGUE – Japan’s Miki Ando maintained the overnight lead she took in the short program and topped the women’s field in the free program to win her first title at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.
The 16-year-old high school freshman, who at the Grand Prix Final last season became the first female skater to land a clean quad in competition, made up for her mistake in the quad jump early into the program with a triple-triple combination to earn scores as high as 5.8 for both technique and artistry.
“I can finally put the junior circuit behind me. It was fun. I’m not totally satisfied with my performance, but I did all right. I’ll save the quad for the Olympics,” said Ando, who will make her World Championships debut on the senior tour later this month in Germany.
Americans Kimmie Meissner and Katy Taylor finished second and third, respectively, while for Japan, Mai Asada came fourth and Aki Sawada was fifth.
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