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TOKYO CELEBRATES ANDO CLAIMING WORLD CHAMPION

FIGURE SKATING

What all Japanese at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium dreamed had happened tonight when some Japanese girls would stand on the podium of ISU Ladies' World Figure Skating Championship. Miki Ando, who performed the Free Skating as the huge roll of the last skater that might have given her nervous and pressure, came from the second place of the Short Program to win the first senior's world title. Mao Asada, the runners-up of GP Final last December, finished the second to be judged the best performance tonight despite the 5th in SP. The third Japanese Yukari Nakano resulted with the 5th.

Ando and Asada both had made first jump attempt and jump conbinations during the programs after Yu-Na Kim, a winner of last GP Final and the first place of SP, failed to land jumpings twice. The three girls are teenagers yet. The factor of their positions and their skating orders at that time might have given them the difference. It is a really slight thing. Next time it will rain down to Japanese girls, but I'll pray not to.

It might have come the time that if you become a representative of Japan, you will become a world champion, seeing a gold medalist last Olympic and a world champ tonight. It goes without saying that this is a good experience for Ando to get the next gold at Vancouver 2010. I want Asada to follow her by all means.

match result:

ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2007
Ladies at Tokyo, Japan (24 Mar)

1.Miki Ando, JPN, 195.09
2.Mao Asada, JPN, 194.45
3.Yu-Na Kim, KOR, 186.14

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