Canadians Duhamel and Radford add pairs bronze to team gold

February 15, 2018 4:54 AM

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Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford third in final Winter Olympics.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won a bronze medal in pairs figure skating at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Thursday.

The two-time world champions, competing in their final season, scored 153.33 points for their program to Adele’s “Hometown Glory,” and 230.15 total points.

Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who started the day just 0.23 points behind the Canadians, took the gold with 235.90 while reigning world champions Sui Wenging and Han Cong of China wound up with silver with 235.47.

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov were second after Wednesday’s short program but fell to fourth place.

Duhamel and Radford were third after the short program, 5.5 points behind the leaders. But six teams were all within just three points behind them.

Duhamel, from Lively, Ont., and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., executed a beautiful quadruple throw Salchow in a virtually clean program, and after they struck what could be their final competitive pose, Duhamel knelt on one knee, overcome by emotion.

Duhamel and Radford helped lead Canada to gold in the team event earlier in the Games.

Canada hasn’t won an Olympic pairs medal since Jamie Sale and David Pelletier captured gold in 2002 in Salt Lake City.

Canada’s Patrick Chan begins his quest for a men’s singles medal in the short program on Friday.

Also read: Canada’s Bismark Boateng gets some vindication with relay gold at NACAC Championships

Source: thestar.com

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