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Figure skating: Asada wins Skate America, caps career GP sweep.

DETROIT, Oct. 21 Kyodo

Mao Asada won the Skate America to complete a career sweep of the seven Grand Prix competitions including the Final with a total of 204.55 points Sunday.

After leading the short program, Asada also topped the free to win with a 131.37 to kick off her last Grand Prix season in style.

The series' 23-year-old defending champion, who is set to retire after the Sochi Olympics in February, has now won 12 Grand Prix events -- the most by a Japanese among both men and women.

"It's certainly a highlight of my career," said Asada, whose two-segment total was her third highest ever. "I think I can build on this for my next competition."

Asada finished a comfortable 10.74 ahead of U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, with Russia's 14-year-old Elena Radionova filling the podium. Japan's Tatsuki Machida won the men's competition a day earlier.

Asada fell on her opening triple axel but executed the rest of the way, landing five clean triple jumps. She did not, however, give herself high marks.

"I'm more than happy with my score given the way I performed," Asada said. "I didn't skate at the highest level today."

"I haven't been terrible in any competition this season, though. I feel like this is the worst I'll be and I'm aiming much higher."
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