Medvedeva leads figure skating worlds after short program

HELSINKI — Evgenia Medvedeva closed in on a second world figure skating title Wednesday by taking the lead in the short program.

The 17-year-old Russian skated flawlessly and scored 79.01 points, a result only bettered by Medvedeva at December's Grand Prix finals.

Medvedeva can become the first woman to win back-to-back world titles since 2001 if she holds on to her lead in Friday's free skate.

Canadian skaters followed Medvedeva, with Kaetlyn Osmond second with 75.98 points and

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