Canadian duo win world pairs championship again

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 02, 2016 6:45 PM

(Reuters) - Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford came from behind with a near flawless free skate to successfully defend their pairs title at the world figure skating championships in Boston on Saturday.

The Canadian duo had struggled most of the season after winning their first pairs gold at the world championship a year ago, but Duhamel and Radford found their form with personal-best, free-skate score of 153.81 points for a 231.99 total.

They skated to Adele’s song Hometown Glory and were the only pair to land a quad throw Salchow. "It was an out-of-body experience,” Duhamel told NBC. "How did we just do that? It’s like a dream."

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who led after the short program, struggled with a poor free skate to settle for a silver medal for the second straight year. The Chinese pair led by 2.67 entering the free skate, but managed only a 143.62 score for 224.47 total points. Five-times world champion Aliona Savchenko of Germany, skating with new partner Bruno Massot for the first time at the world championships, took bronze with a 141.95 skate for a 216.17 total.

(Reporting by Tim Wharnsby in Toronto; Editing by Andrew Both)