Figure Skating: Russia takes pairs title in Japan

Tokyo, April 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the pairs gold at the World Team Trophy here Saturday after cementing their overnight lead with victory in the free programme.

To the classical strains of Bach, the Russians performed a routine earning 136.06 points, making for a gold-winning score of 210.47, far ahead of Canadian pair Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who had to settle for silver with 121.21 in the free program for a 191.15 aggregate score.

The Chinese pair of Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang scored a total of 174.40 for bronze by nine hundredths of a point from French duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres.

The result means the Russians score a maximum 12 points for their country, with Duhamel and Radford earning 11 for Canada and Peng and Zhang adding 10 to China’s tally.

The United States lead the overall standings with 55 points, with Canada in second on 50 and Japan third on 48.

Russia lies fourth, trailing the Japanese by six points.

The star-studded event runs through Sunday at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium here.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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