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ISU receives S. Korean complaint over Sochi figure skating judging

SEOUL, April 16 (Yonhap) -- The international governing body for figure skating has received South Korea's complaint over the judging controversy at this year's Winter Olympics, officials said Wednesday.

Figure skating: Asada defers decision on retirement

Japanese figure skater Mao Asada said Sunday, the day after winning the world title, that she needed more time to decide when to retire from competition. Asada, the runner-up to South Korean star Kim Yu-Na at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, has kept her fans and skating officials in suspense by saying she had a "50-50 chance" of continuing to compete after this season. "What I feel is that I need some rest now," the 23-year-old told reporters during an exhibition after the season-closing world figure skating championships in Saitama near Tokyo.

Figure skating: Asada wins world crown after Olympics misery

Japan's Mao Asada won her third women's world figure skating title on Saturday before a roaring home crowd, springing back from a disappointing result at last month's Sochi Olympics. Russia's 15-year-old European champion Julia Lipnitskaia finished second and Italian veteran and Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner took third at the world championships in Saitama, near Tokyo. Asada, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, finished sixth in Sochi landing her trademark triple axel, fighting back from a disastrous 16th spot in the short programme.

Figure skating: Mao Asada fact box

A fact file on Mao Asada who won a third world women's figure skating title in Saitama, Japan, on Saturday. Name: Mao Asada Date of birth: September 25, 1990 Place of birth: Nagoya, Japan Nationality: Japanese Sport: Figure skating Coach: Nobuo Sato, Kumiko Sato Major results: Winter Olympics Women's singles: 2nd - 2010 Vancouver World championships Women's singles: 1st - 2008 Gothenburg, 2010 Turin, 2014 - Saitama; 2nd - 2007 Tokyo; 3rd - 2013 London (Ontario, Canada)

Figure skating: World championship results - collated

Results from the world figure skating championships on Saturday in Saitama, Japan: Women Final standings 1. Mao Asada (JPN) 216.69 2. Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS) 207.50 3. Carolina Kostner (ITA) 203.83 4. Anna Pogorilaya (RUS) 197.50 5. Gracie Gold (USA) 194.58 6. Akiko Suzuki (JPN) 193.72 7. Ashley Wagner (USA) 193.16 8. Polina Edmunds (USA) 187.50 9. Park So Youn (KOR) 176.61 10. Kanako Murakami (JPN) 172.44 11. Kaetlyn Osmond (CAN) 170.64 12. Nathalie Weinzierl (GER) 167.72

Figure skating: Japan's Asada wins third world title

Japan's Mao Asada won her third women's world figure skating title Saturday, springing back from her disappointing result at last month's Sochi Olympics. Russia's 15-year-old European champion Julia Lipnitskaia finished second and Italian veteran and Olympic bronze medallist Carolina Kostner third at the world championships in Saitama near Tokyo. Asada, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, finished sixth at last month's Sochi Olympics, battling back from a disastrous 16th spot in the short programme.

Figure skating: World championship results

Results from the world figure skating championships on Saturday in Saitama, Japan: Ice dance Final standings 1. Anna Cappellini/Luca Lanotte (ITA) 175.43 pts 2. Kaitlyn Weaver/Andrew Poje (CAN) 175.41 3. Nathalie Pechalat/Fabian Bourzat (FRA) 175.37 4. Elena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov (RUS) 174.38 5. Madison Chock/Evan Bates (USA) 167.59 6. Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (USA) 158.57 7. Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin (RUS) 155.35 8. Piper Gilles/Paul Poirier (CAN) 153.86

Figure skating: Italians narrowly win world dance

European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy held on to their overnight lead to win the world ice dance title by just two hundredths of a point Saturday. Canada's Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje finished second and Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France third, just 0.06 points off the winners at the world figure skating championships in Saitama, Japan.

Figure skating: Yuzuru Hanyu fact box

Factfile on Yuzuru Hanyu who won the world men's figure skating title on Friday after becoming the first Japanese man to win the Olympic gold. Name: Yuzuru Hanyu Date of birth: December 7, 1994 Place of birth: Sendai, Japan Nationality: Japanese Sport: Figure skating Coach: Brian Orser Major results: Winter Olympics Men's singles: 1st - 2014 Sochi World championships Men's singles: 1st - 2014 Saitama; 3rd - 2012 Nice Four Continents Championships Men's singles: 2nd - 2013 Osaka; 2nd - 2011 Taipei

Figure skating: Olympic-world double for Japan's Hanyu

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu added his first world figure skating crown to his Olympic gold medal Friday as he edged compatriot Tatsuki Machida by a less than a point in the free skate. Trailing in third spot 6.97 points behind short-programme leader Machida, the 19-year-old Hanyu scored 191.35 points in the final segment to finish on 282.59 points at the world championships in Saitama near Tokyo. He was the second man from Japan and Asia to win a world title. Daisuke Takashi triumphed a month after grabbing the Vancouver Olympics bronze medal in 2010.
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