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Kaori Sakamoto took the lead in the women’s competition at the figure skating world championships with a career-best short program on Wednesday.

Sakamoto, the Beijing Olympic bronze medalist skated a powerful routine and landed all her jumps — a double axel, triple lutz and a triple flip-triple toe-loop combination. Her 80.32 points surpassed the 79.84 she recorded last month at the Beijing Games.

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