Figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada wins third world title

Figure skating: Japan's Mao Asada wins third world title
Japan's Mao Asada reacts at the end of her program during the Figure Skating Women's free skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

SAITAMA - Japan's Mao Asada won her third women's world championship title Saturday, putting her disappointing Olympic result behind her.

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 finished sixth at last month's Sochi Olympics, battling back from a disastrous 16th spot in the short programme.

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