Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford earn another world bronze

Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford compete during the pairs free skating program at the ISU...

Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford compete during the pairs free skating program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, north of Tokyo March 27, 2014. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

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Meagan Duhamel of St. Leonard, Que., and Montreal’s Eric Radford put on a repeat performance Thursday, winning bronze for the second consecutive year at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Entering Day 2 of the competition in second place, the Canadian duo scored 133.83 in the free skate for a total of 210.84.

“In some ways I think that this bronze medal feels even better than the last one,” said Radford, who placed seventh with Duhamel at the Olympics. “This season was just a lot more difficult and we had a lot more downs. We had to really pull ourselves together after the Olympics.”

The team finished behind Germany’s Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, who won gold with a score of 224.88, and Russian pair Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who took silver with 215.92 points.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of Waterloo, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto also had a great day, jumping from sixth to fourth with a score of 136.21 for a total of 205.52.

“That felt awesome,” said Moore-Towers, who finished fifth with Moscovitch in Sochi.

“I felt that we really knocked off the elements one by one. We stayed calm. Probably with about four elements left I had to really tell myself not to get ahead. Because I was excited, and all I ever want in skating is that final moment.”

Paige Lawrence, of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers, of Virden, Man., finished 12th.

In women’s singles action, Kaetlyn Osmond, of Marystown, N.L., sits in eighth after the short program with a score of 62.92. Gabrielle Daleman, of Newmarket, Ont., is 14th with a score of 55.72.

“I was really excited with the program,” said Osmond. “It was really comfortable and to be able to pull off the (triple) flip, (triple) toe and the (triple) Lutz in a short program for the first time (in competition), it meant a lot to me to be able to do that here at worlds. Even with a slip up on the spin, I’m really happy with the program.”


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