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Kostner, Delobel-Schoenfelder Win at NHK Skating


Italy's Carolina Kostner has won the women's event while French couple Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder took the ice dancing at the NHK Trophy figure skating competition in Sendai, Japan.

Costner, the European champion, won the women's event with a total of 164.69 points. Switzerland's Sarah Meier - who captured the long program - was second (163.17) Japan's Nana Takeda was third (154.83).

World champion Miki Ando of Japan finished fourth after a terrible long program in which she fell three times and had mistakes on three other jumps. Ando did not qualify for this month's Grand Prix final in Turin, Italy.

In the ice dancing competition, Delobel and Schoenfelder won the event with a total of 197.54 points. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada - who won Saturday's free dance - finished second (196.89) with Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitiski of Russia third (186.96). All three couples qualified for the Grand Prix final.

In the men's competition, Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic won the short program with 78.15 points. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was second (77.89) and American Stephen Carriere was third (67.85 points). The men's long program is Sunday. The top six finishers in each discipline qualify for the Grand Prix final beginning December 13th.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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