Canadian Osmond captures figure skating gold medal — NewsAlert

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Canadian sensation Kaetlyn Osmond was crowned the women's champion at the world figure skating championships after nearly all leaders crashed, including Olympic champion Alina Zagitova, in a drama-filled free skate final on Friday. It was her first appearance at the world championships.

Japan's Wakaba Higuchi, 17, moved up from eighth after the short program and took the silver with a score of 210.90, and her countrywoman Satoko Miyahara, 19, was third on 210.08.

The men return on Saturday for the free skate and the full schedule is available here.

She collapsed in tears as she left the ice and fell into the arms of her coach Eteri Tutberidze who comforted her.

She hit seven triples with only a minor deduction for stepping out of a combination jump, seemingly leaving the door open to either Kostner, who had an eight-point lead after the short program, and the young Russian jumping genius, Zagitova, to battle for the title.

"Maybe, in fact, it's even better than if she would have won this world championship, because this is a very good motivation for the next four years, next season".

"This fourth has a bitter taste", said 31-year-old Kostner.

The 18-year-old achieved a score of 101.94 to finish ahead of Russia's Mikhail Kolyada with Vincent Zhou in third.

The 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., won the women's singles crown Friday, scoring 150.50 points for her Black Swan routine to finish with 223.23 points overall.

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Earlier French ice dancers Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron suffered no costume slip this time as they put themselves on course for a third world title.

Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue sit second with a score of 80.42.

"I went back to Montreal".

"We've been training all year to get above 70 and for it to happen at the world championships is incredible. we made a few changes after the Games - as everyone does - and we flipped some elements and I really felt like that gave us more impact going into the end", Gilles said.

"This feels unbelievable for me, " said Osmond. "I had a little half-second thought about it".

Osmond is the fourth Canadian woman to ever win a world title.

On Saturday, US teenager Nathan Chen has promised "to try five quads" as he bids to claim his first world title.

Japan's Shoma Uno won silver despite three spectacular falls, matching his silver at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

In the women's competition, Olympic bronze medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Canada won the title with a almost flawless performance as Olympic champion Alina Zagitova fell a jaw-dropping three times and crowd favorite Carolina Kostner turned in a lackluster skate - both tumbling completely off the podium.

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