- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) - European champions Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy have captured the ice dance title at the World Figure Skating Championships.

Cappellini and Lanotte finished fourth in the free dance Saturday, but had a big enough lead from the short program to win with a total of 175.43 points.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada were second, just .02 points behind. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France were third on 175.37 points.

Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov finished first in the free dance to move up to fourth place overall with 174.38 points.

Defending champions and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States did not compete.

The world championships conclude later Saturday with the free skate in the women’s competition.

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