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2014 World Figure Skating Championships: Savchenko, Szolkowy reclaim pairs gold

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The pairs competition at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan came to a close March 27 as Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy rose to the occasion and re-claimed the title they relinquished in 2013.

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The duo, who won bronze at both the 2010 Vancouver and 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, won both the short and long programs in Saitama with a pair of dominant skates. They posted a cumulative score of 224.88 to claim the world gold medal over silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia (215.92), who also took second place at the Sochi Games. Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford edged teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch 210.84 to 205.52 to claim the bronze.

Reigning Olympic and 2013 world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia did not compete, while Americans Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir placed 11th and Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay finished 14th.

The title marks Savchenko and Szolkowy's fifth win at worlds. The talented pair previously claimed top honors in 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012, in addition to the silver in 2010 and 2013, and the bronze in 2007. With one more top prize in their collection, they plan to retire from competitive skating.

The 2014 World Figure Skating Championships continue March 28 with the men's free program round.



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