Figure Skating - Volosozhar and Trankov retain European pairs title

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov continued their great form this season to defend their pairs title in style at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb.

Figure Skating - Volosozhar and Trankov retain European pairs title

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Volosozhar and Trankov put themselves into the perfect position to retain the European Figure Skating Championship title they won for the first time in Sheffield last year after the short program. They recorded a score of 73.23 for the lead with their only realistic challenge in the free skate coming from Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who won the European title in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. However Volosozhar and Trankov, who won the Rostelecom Cup, Skate America and the Grand Prix Final earlier this season, did enough in the free skate to record a personal best combined total that comfortably gave them gold again. The Russian duo scored 139.22 for an overall total of 212.45, which bettered their effort of 212.08 from the 2011 Grand Prix Final and that of Savchenko and Szolkowy. The German pair, who also won European silver in 2010 and 2006, were awarded 135.03 for 205.24 and second place while Stefania Berton and Ondrej Hotarek were well adrift in third. They finished with a total of 187.45 for bronze, almost ten points better than Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France, who were ranked fourth after the short program. Meanwhile British duo Stacey Kemp and David King maintained their position of tenth overall with their free skate score of 86.12 giving them a combined total of 131.51. That marked their fourth career top-ten finish at the European Championships, having finished sixth in 2008, eighth in 2011 and ninth last year while they have both suffered an injury-hit campaign.

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