German duo win pairs figure skating gold with world record free programme score at Pyeongchang 2018

2018/2/15 11:08:40

Additionally, Ukrainian-born Savchenko, a bronze medallist at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 alongside Robin Szolkowy, has equalled the Olympic record of winning a medal in the event at three successive Games - held by six different people.

 


By Daniel Etchells for Inside the Games, Pyeongchang, Feb 15, 2018

 

Germany’s Aljona Savchenko* and Bruno Massot broke their own free programme world record today to secure victory in the pairs figure skating event at Pyeongchang 2018.

 

The duo scored 159.31 points in the second part of the competition to give them what proved to be a winning total of 235.90 at the Gangneung Ice Arena.

 

It beats the score of 157.25 points they set at the 2017-18 Grand Prix Final in Nagoya in Japan last December.

 

Savchenko and Massot had found themselves in fourth place following yesterday’s short programme with 76.59 points.

 

They become the first pairing to win the event for Germany since Ria Baran and Paul Falk in 1952.

 

Additionally, Ukrainian-born Savchenko, a bronze medallist at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014 alongside Robin Szolkowy, has equalled the Olympic record of winning a medal in the event at three successive Games - held by six different people.

 

"I was positive after yesterday," she said.

 

"I said to Bruno, we will write history today.

 

"And then everything happened as I had imagined it and it came true."

 

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*Savchenko was born Aliona Valentynivna Savchenko, Jan 19, 1984, at Obukhiv, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine. For more on her remarkable career, first representing Ukraine and later Germany, link here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aliona_Savchenko

 

 

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