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Asada comes back to claim gold over Lipnitskaia

Korpi pulls up to snare bronze; Nagasu finishes fourth

Mao Asada got her season off on the right foot, winning Cup of China for the first time in her career.
Mao Asada got her season off on the right foot, winning Cup of China for the first time in her career. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(11/03/2012) - Mao Asada of Japan struck gold in the ladies event at the Cup of China, while Russia's Julia Lipnitskaia took the silver. Kiira Korpi of Finland claimed the bronze.

Asada completed two triple loops and a triple Salchow as well as three Level 4 spins in her routine set to Swan Lake. Some other jumps, however, were deemed under-rotated.

The two-time world champion won the free skate with 118.87 points and moved up to first with a competition total of 181.78.

"Today I skated like in practice, but I was not at a 100 percent yet," the 2010 Olympic silver medalist said. "I was very happy to skate here and to win."

Skating to The Nutcracker, Lipnitskaia produced four clean triples and beautiful spins but almost fell on her double Axel-triple toe.

The 14-year-old collected 114.86 points for the free skate and 177.92 overall.

"I am very happy to finish in second place in my first senior Grand Prix, because I now have the chance to qualify for the Final," the world junior champion said. "Somehow, I wasn't able to pull myself together today; I probably was too nervous."

Korpi's program to Once Upon a Time in America included a triple toe-triple toe combination and two more good triples, but she popped a loop and a flip.

The reigning European silver medalist scored 110.17 points for her free skate to bring her total tally to 169.86 points, moving her up one spot after the short.

"It feels really good [to be on the podium]," Korpi said. "My performance wasn't the best in the short program, and I also had mistakes in the free skate, but overall I am quite happy to go out there and perform quite well after a hard season and all my injuries."

American Mirai Nagasu dropped from third after the short to fourth overall after a fourth-place free skate.

Bingwa Geng of China withdrew before the free skate because of an ankle injury.