Witt Leads, Thomas third after World Compulsories

Special for USA Today

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Two-time Olympic champion Katarina Witt of East Germany took the lead Thursday night after the women's compulsory figures in the World Figure Skating Championships.

Witt edged Canadian Liz manley abd USA rival Debi Thomas in the discipline that accounts for 30 percent of the total score.

Thomas, 20, beaten in the Olympics by Witt and Manley, was disappointed heading into the weekend's long program, which counts for 50 percent.

"I'm a nervous wreck," she said after placing fourth in one of three figures and third in the other two. "I just kind of want to get this over with now. I want to go home."

-In the men's competition, Olympic champ Brian Boitano of Sunnyvale, California, surged ahead with "one of the best short programs of my life."

Third after the school figures, Boitano executed a near perfect series of seven required moves, including the night's highest death drop and a breathtaking triple Axel-double toe loop combination.

-Soviet ice dancers Natalia Bestemianova and Andrei Bukin won a fourth world title.