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Olympics: Sotnikova stuns Kim to win dramatic gold

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:20 AM
Russia's Adelina Sotnikova (centre), South Korea's Kim Yu Na (left) and Italy's Carolina Kostner stand together during the flower ceremony at the Figure Skating Women's free skating Program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, on Feb 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI (AFP) - Adelina Sotnikova won Russia's first ever women's Olympic figure skating gold in dramatic circumstances on Thursday as defending champion Kim Yu-Na was dumped into the silver medal position.

The 17-year-old took her first major title ahead of South Korean superstar Kim with Italy's Carolina Kostner winning the bronze after the free skating final.

"I can't do anything about this. I did all I could," said Kim, 23, who later confirmed it was her final competition. "The result was good because I made no mistake. The scores are given by the judges so I'm not in the right position to comment and there is nothing that will change with my words. The most important thing for me is to participate in these Games."

Despite an error when she two-footed a double loop in her combination jump Sotnikova improved her free skate score by a massive 18 points from her previous best a month ago at the Europeans.

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