Pang, Tong win in Shanghai, qualify for GP Final

Stolbova, Klimov edge Moore-Towers, Moscovitch for bronze

The gold medal won by Qing Pang and Jian Tong was the eighth of their career in the Grand Prix Series.
The gold medal won by Qing Pang and Jian Tong was the eighth of their career in the Grand Prix Series. (Getty Images)


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By International Skating Union
(11/03/2012) - China's Qing Pang and Jian Tong skated to victory in the pairs event at the Cup of China, while Russia's Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov, and Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver and bronze, respectively.

Pang and Tong's program to Edgar Elgar's Enigma Variations was highlighted by a triple twist, throw triple Salchow and difficult lifts, but he singled both Axels and they only did double toe loops instead of triples.

The two-time world champions were awarded 120.25 points for the free skate and racked up 188.82 points overall.

"It wasn't our best performance, but we are happy to have won and to have qualified for the Grand Prix Final," Pang said. "This gives us confidence."

Kavaguti and Smirnov produced a triple throw loop and Salchow as well as a Level 4 side-by-side spin their program to "February" by Leonid Levashkevich. They had some issues with the triple toe-triple toe sequence, however, with his doubling the first jump and stumbling on the second.

The Russians earned 119.83 pionts and totaled 183.53 points.

"This was our first competition, and we are satisfied with our performance," Kavaguti said. "We made many small mistakes, and we will go home and clean them up."

Stolbova and Klimov turned in a solid performance to music from The Addams Family, completing a triple toe-double toe-double toe combination, a throw triple Salchow and a double Axel, but she fell on a throw triple Lutz.

The European bronze medalists received 115.89 points and pulled up from fifth to third with 172.55 points.

"We are glad to win our first medal in the Grand Prix," Klimov said. "We skated well except for the one throw jump, but I think we can skate better and show more."

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch of Canada were edged off the podium by 0.19 points, finishing fourth with 172.36 points.

The new Chinese team of Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang placed fifth with 163.87 points. They performed a Level 3 quadruple twist.