Gabriella Papadakis Wins Ice Dance Gold Medal at Worlds

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France enter the ring to receive their gold medal for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the free dance on Saturday to win gold in the ice dance competition at the figure skating world championships.

Papadakis and Cizeron, first after the rhythm dance, received 134.23 points for their free dance for a total of 222.65 and their fourth ice dance world title.

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov of Russia were second with 211.76 points followed by Madison Hubble and Zachary Donahue of the United States who moved up from fourth place to finish third with 210.40.

The men’s free skate closes out the competition later Saturday. Defending champion Nathan Chen led after the short program and has a 12.53-point lead over two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan.

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France embrace after their performance in the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France, back to camera, hug Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. during the medal ceremony for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France stand on the podium with their gold medals for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France enter the ring to receive their gold medal for the ice dance free dance during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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