Canadian ice dancers win third world gold

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada perform their routine to win the Ice Dance / Free Dance event at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Helsinki, Finland on April 1, 2017

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir capped their successful return this season with a third gold at the world figure skating championships on Saturday.

The 2010 Olympic champions held on despite 29-year-old Moir stumbling during the free dance final to add to their world titles in 2010 and 2012.

Two-time holders Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France had to settle for silver despite scoring highest in the free dance.

American brother and sister Alex and Maia Shibutani took bronze at Helsinki's Hartwall Arena.

Virtue and Moir -- who led by 5.5 points after Friday's short dance -- scored an overall total of 198.62 with the French achieving 196.04.

Maia and Alex Shibutani moved up from fifth after the short dance to snatch third spot with 185.18.

The Canadians had not competed at worlds since their silver in 2013 but returned this season after two years off in a bid to turn their Sochi 2014 silver to gold in Pyeongchang.