• AFP-JIJI, KYODO

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Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto on Friday added the world figure skating title to her Olympic bronze medal, capitalizing on the absence of Russian rivals banned following the invasion of Ukraine.

The 21-year-old Sakamoto totalled 236.09 points with Belgium’s Loena Hendrickx (217.70) taking silver and Alysa Liu of the United States claiming bronze (211.9).

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