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Miss Japan glows in Universe crown

Miss USA, fourth runnerup, slips and falls.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published May 29, 2007


MEXICO CITY - Riyo Mori, a 20-year-old dancer from Japan who hopes to someday open an international dance school, was crowned Miss Universe 2007 on Monday night.

Miss USA Rachel Smith, who slipped and fell to the floor during the evening gown competition, was the contest's fourth runnerup.

Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runnerup, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the winner was announced and then showed her delight as the diamond-and pearl-studded crown was placed on her head.

Also finishing in the top five were second runnerup Ly Jonaitis of Venezuela and third runnerup Honey Lee of Korea.

The winner travels the world for a year on behalf of charities and pageant sponsors. Zuleyka Rivera of Puerto Rico crowned her successor at the end of the two-hour telecast with the headpiece valued at $250, 000.