|Left to right: Silver medalist Kim Yuna of South Korea, gold medalist Miki Ando of Japan and bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy pose with their medals after their women's free skating event at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Moscow, April 30, 2011. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)
Moscow, Russia – Miki Ando of Japan claimed the women's title at the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday.
Ando was second after Friday's short program, but performed an elegant free skate Saturday to surpass Kim Yu-na of South Korea. A free skate score of 130.21 gave Ando, the 2007 world champion, a two-day total of 195.79 points.
Kim, who won the 2009 world title and captured Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Games, held the lead heading into Saturday's free skate following a score of 65.91 on Friday. She posted the second-best free skate score at 128.59 and finished second overall with a total of 194.50 points.
Italian Carolina Kostner moved up three spots from sixth following the short program to take bronze with a score of 184.68. Russia's Alena Leonova finished fourth, while American Alissa Czisny was fifth.
The top Canadian was Cynthia Phaneuf in 13th place.