Apr 29, 2011 1:03 AM by Lee Douglas
MOSCOW (AP) - Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have won their third pairs title at the world figure skating championships, setting two world records on Thursday.
The Germans were in second after the short program behind defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China. But their
clean and playful free skate to music from "The Pink Panther" put
them on top.
Savchenko and Szolkowy finished with 217.85 total points, topping the previous mark of 216.57 by Olympic gold medalists Shen
Xue and Zhao Hongbo in Vancouver last year. Savchenko and Szolkowy also topped the free skate record, set by Pang and Tong in
Pang and Tong took bronze after he put his hand down on their opening double axel sequence.
Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, skating together just a year, won silver.
America's Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin who train in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor Skating club had a solid performance and moved from 8th after the short program to 6th in the final standings.
In the men's competition Patrick Chan of Canada has set world records for the free skate and total points one day after he set a new mark for the short program.
Chan scored 187.96 points in the free skate Thursday for a total of 280.98. That broke Daisuke Takahashi's record for the free skate.
Chan's 93.02 points in the short program Wednesday broke Evgeni Plushenko's old mark.
Chan won the competition by over 20 points. The top American finisher was Richard Dornbush in 9th. Ross Miner from the U.S. finished 11th and national champ Ryan Bradley from the Broadmoor Skating Club finished 13th.
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