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Feb 16, 2010 1:15 AM

Shen and Zhaou win pairs skating gold

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - China's Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo have won the pairs gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics, just ahead of countrymen Pang Qing and Tong Jian.

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy get the bronze.

It was an error-filled night, and only the last two couples showed the brilliance an Olympics demands. Pang and Tong won the free skate, but finished 3.26 points behind Shen and Zhao overall because Pang and Tong were only fourth in the short program. They couldn't make up the deficit Monday night.

The American team of Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig had another very good program and finished tenth overall. The other American team of Caydee Denny and Jeremy Barrett finished 13th.

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