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China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong compete in the pairs free skate on Thursday. © Xinhua/Lan Hongguang

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China settles for silver in pairs figure skating

Date : 15 Feb 2018

Gangneung, Korea, February 15, 2018: China had been hoping to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dog one day early at Gangneung Ice Arena on Thursday by winning gold in the pairs figure skating. But, due to an unexpected turn of events on the eve of the first day of Lunar New Year, it became the Day of the Underdog as Germany overtook China to take the title.

Sui Wenjing and Han Cong had gone into the free skate on Thursday in first place following a score of 82.39 in the short programme the previous day. But a total of 153.08 was good enough for only third place in the free skate and a total of 235.47, allowing Germany’s Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot to jump from fourth to first with a free skate score of 159.31 and an overall total of 235.90.

Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the bronze with 230.15 (76.82/153.33). Sui, competing in her first Olympics, said she hoped the experience would give them extra motivation over the next four years for the 2022 Winter Games on home ice in Beijing.

“It is an incomparable experience,” she said. “It really encourages us. I want to thank everybody who helped us get here, and thank our country. I’ve been skating for 15 years. Without the help I have received I would not be here.”

Han added: “This was our first time at the Olympic Games. Even though we did not do well in the long programme I think we will be in China at the next Olympic Games to do our best. The results weren’t great, but we will continue to strive and fight.”

*DPR Korea’s Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who won the bronze medal at the OCA’s 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo last February, finished 13th of the 16 qualifiers for the free skate.



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