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At the World Championships in Japan, our skaters ranked fourth

March 21 2007
12:45

In a tournament in Japan, Russian figure skaters Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov took fourth place in the short program in pairs of sports.

Leadership captured two-time world champions Shen and Hongbo Zhao of China. The second run Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, in third place, another Chinese couple Kin Peng and Jin tone.

The difference between the first four pairs of roughly equal - about 4 balls.

The most experienced Russian pair Alexei Tikhonov - Maria Petrova failed otkatali short program. Assuming a few unfortunate mistake, they were only 11 th place. Another couple we Maxim Trankov - Maria Mukhortova occupy 12 th place.

According to Kawaguchi and Smirnov coach Tamara Moskvina, after the short program early to draw conclusions: "To win the whole championship in the first day of competition is not possible, you can only lose."

Moskvin believes that judging this time was entirely objective, and "no one can claim". "Two Chinese duo confirmed their high class. The absolute leader in law became Xu Shen - Zhao Hongbo. They were stronger in all components ", - added Moskvina.

In competitions dance couples on the basis of the compulsory dance leadership captured Canadians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon. Second place - for the Bulgarian duo Albeni Denkova and Maxim Stavisky.

Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin took third place, and John Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski - sixth. Rosbalt.

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