• Kyodo


Fourteen-year-old Mao Asada claimed her first title at the figure skating Junior Grand Prix Final on Saturday, marking the fourth straight year a Japanese skater has won the Grand Prix season finale of the junior division.

Junior national champion Asada, who led after the women’s short program Friday, earned a total of 172.83 points after a flawless free skate which featured a clean triple axel and won with a wide margin over second-place Kim Yu Na of South Korea.

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