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Stolbova, Klimov win Grand Prix Final pairs title

Russia's Stolbova and Klimov win Grand Prix Final pairs title in Barcelona

Stolbova, Klimov win Grand Prix Final pairs title

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia avenged last year's loss to Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford by beating the world champions for the Grand Prix Final pairs title on Friday.

Stolbova and Klimov added to their slim lead after Thursday's short program by scoring 154.60 points on a flawless free skate for a total of 229.44.

Duhamel and Radford won the duel last year at the same rink in Barcelona, but came second with a total of 216.67.

Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov were third with 206.59 total points.

Duhamel and Radford set a tough act to follow by only committing one bobble on an otherwise error-free routine that put them in first place before Stolbova and Klimov went on. But the Russians, who took the silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, were up to the challenge and breezed through their performance to "The Man and the Shadow."

Stolbova leapt to her feet and pumped her fists in the air when the winning score appeared on the overhead monitor.

In the short ice dance, defending GP Final champions Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada took the lead with a score of 72.75 points after performing a waltz and polka routine.

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, runners-up here last year, were a close second with 71.65, followed by Italy's Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte with 70.14.

"We are very pleased with our performance today," said Weaver. "We have felt great in practice all week. There is something pleasant and familiar being back in Barcelona."

The women's short program is later.

Updated : 2021-09-25 05:55 GMT+08:00