Os­mond places 11th at worlds in Ja­pan

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Kaet­lyn Os­mond fin­ished the 2014 World Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in 11th place over­all.

It was the sec­ond time the 18-year-old Marys­town na­tive com­peted in women’s sin­gles at the event, which was held this week in Ja­pan.

Os­mond scored 107.72 in her free skate Satur­day morn­ing lo­cal time to give her a to­tal 170.64 for the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mao Asada of Ja­pan was first af­ter a record-set­ting short pro­gram (78.66) Thurs­day at the World Cham­pi­onships. Asada went on to win her third ti­tle Satur­day, post­ing 216.69 points, 9.19 ahead of sec­ond place fin­isher Ju­lia Lip­nit­skaia of Rus­sia. Carolina Kost­ner of Italy won the bronze with a to­tal of 203.83 points.

Olympic gold medal­list Adelina Sot­nikova of Rus­sia didn’t com­pete at the worlds.

Kaet­lyn’s short score was 62.92, good for to eighth place among the 33 skaters. The twotime de­fend­ing Cana­dian women’s fig­ure skat­ing cham­pion fin­ished eighth at last year’s worlds as well.

Her team­mate Gabrielle Dale­man of New­mar­ket, On­tario, was 14th Thurs­day with 55.72, and fin­ished the event in 13th, post­ing a 164.78 com­bined score.

Mon­treal’s Mea­gan Duhamel and Eric Rad­ford won a pairs bronze medal at the world cham­pi­onships Thurs­day. Duhamel and Rad­ford were third with 210.84 points, edg­ing team­mates Kirsten Moore-Tow­ers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dy­lan Moscov­itch of Toronto in fourth.

Ger­many’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the gold, claim­ing their fifth ti­tle in the event they have dom­i­nated since 2008.

Cana­dian Women’s Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pion Kaet­lyn Os­mond dis­plays her thrill over her sec­ond trip to the World Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ja­pan.

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