Italy's Kostner takes home gold

Carolina Kostner performs during the women's free skate at the ISU World Figure Skating...

Carolina Kostner performs during the women's free skate at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France, March 31, 2012. (ERIC GAILLARD/Reuters)

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NICE, FRANCE - Carolina Kostner won the gold medal on Saturday at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Kostner's victory allowed Italy to win its first-ever women's figure skating gold at the worlds.

The 25-year-old Kostner posted a mark of 128.94 in Saturday's free skate to jump from third to first in the overall standings. She won the bronze medal last year and is the reigning European champion.

Kostner's final score of 189.94 was better than Russia's Alena Leonova's mark of 184.28. Leonova, who finished fourth at last year's Worlds, was the leader after the short program.

Japan's Akiko Suzuki took home the bronze with a score of 180.68. She was fifth after the short program.

American Ashley Wagner and Japan's Kanako Murakami rounded out the top five.

Last year's winner, Miki Ando, didn't compete, while Olympic champion Kim Yu-na of South Korea was also absent.


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