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Japanese world junior champion Mao Asada earned a spot on the podium on her senior international debut Saturday when she finished runnerup to world champion Irina Slutskaya at the Cup of China.

The 15-year-old Asada, who won four junior international titles in as many appearances last season, came third in the free skate and finished second with a total of 176.60 points in the third event of the Grand Prix series this season.

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