Japan's Asada wins Four Continents figure skating

By the Associated Press | February 10, 2013 | 11:31 AM EST

Mao Asada of Japan reacts after her performance during the women's free skating event at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Osaka, western Japan, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Two-time world champion Mao Asada won figure skating's Four Continents on Sunday, leading a Japanese sweep.

After reintroducing her trademark triple axel in Saturday's short program, Asada was downgraded on the jump in Sunday's free skate but was solid in her other elements to finish with 205.45 points. Akiko Suzuki was second with 190.08 points while Kanako Murakami finished third with 181.03.

Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs with a total of 199.18 points, edging compatriots Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who finished with 196.78.

Moore-Towers and Moscovitch won Sunday's free skate but couldn't overtake Duhamel and Radford, who built a lead in winning the short program.

U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were third with 170.10 points.