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Rivalry on ice: Zagitova zooms into lead at world figure skating championship

March 20, 17:03 UTC+3

Russian Olympic champion Alina Zagitova took the lead after the short program on the opening day of the world figure skating championships

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Alina Zagitova of Russia performing during the Ladies Short Program event of the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan
Alina Zagitova of Russia performing during the Ladies Short Program event of the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan
Alina Zagitova of Russia performing during the Ladies Short Program event of the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
 Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia
 Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia
Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Satoko Miyahara of Japan cheered by the spectators with national flags after performing in the ladies short program at Saitama Super Arena
Satoko Miyahara of Japan cheered by the spectators with national flags after performing in the ladies short program at Saitama Super Arena
Satoko Miyahara of Japan cheered by the spectators with national flags after performing in the ladies short program at Saitama Super Arena
© AP Photo/Andy Wong
Kaori Sakamoto of Japan
Kaori Sakamoto of Japan
Kaori Sakamoto of Japan
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan
Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan
Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Rika Kihira of Japan
Rika Kihira of Japan
Rika Kihira of Japan
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Sofia Samodurova of Russia
Sofia Samodurova of Russia
Sofia Samodurova of Russia
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Mariah Bell of the United States
Mariah Bell of the United States
Mariah Bell of the United States
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Lim Eunsoo of South Korea
Lim Eunsoo of South Korea
Lim Eunsoo of South Korea
© AP Photo/Andy Wong
Bradie Tennell of the United States
Bradie Tennell of the United States
Bradie Tennell of the United States
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
 Gabrielle Daleman of Canada
 Gabrielle Daleman of Canada
Gabrielle Daleman of Canada
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Kailani Craine of Australia performing a Biellmann spin
Kailani Craine of Australia performing a Biellmann spin
Kailani Craine of Australia performing a Biellmann spin
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
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Alina Zagitova of Russia performing during the Ladies Short Program event of the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Satoko Miyahara of Japan cheered by the spectators with national flags after performing in the ladies short program at Saitama Super Arena
© AP Photo/Andy Wong
Kaori Sakamoto of Japan
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Rika Kihira of Japan
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Sofia Samodurova of Russia
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS
Mariah Bell of the United States
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Lim Eunsoo of South Korea
© AP Photo/Andy Wong
Bradie Tennell of the United States
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Gabrielle Daleman of Canada
© EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON
Kailani Craine of Australia performing a Biellmann spin
© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS

The 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships has kicked off in Saitama, Japan, opening with the women's individual short program. Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova, an Olympic champ at the 2018 Games in Pyongyang, is in the lead with 82.08 points. Japan's Kaori Sakamoto has skated into second place with 76.86 points, while Elizabet Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan is currently holding third place with 75.96 points, and Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva has finished fourth with 74.23 points.

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