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Alina Zagitova becomes first Russian to win gold after intense skating final
World | sport | 14:43, 23 February 2018 | 2367

AKIPRESS.COM - Alina Zagitova has won gold in the women's ice skating, becoming the first Russian athlete to win the top medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, CNN reports.

After a stunning showdown at the Gangneung Ice Arena, the 15-year-old took the top spot after her rival, 18-year-old fellow Russian Evgenia Medvedeva, just couldn't quite catch her.

Both women scored 156.65 in the free skate, but Zagitova's 1.31 extra points in the short program on Wednesday put her over the edge, meaning Medvedeva had to settle for silver.

Intense attention has been paid to Russian athletes at this year's Olympics, after the country was banned from competing due to allegations of widespread, state-sponsored doping.

More than 160 athletes who could prove they were clean from doping are competing as Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), under the Olympic flag and anthem.

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond took the bronze medal, adding to her gold already won in the team competition.

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