Pang and Tong take fifth gold
Pang Qing and Tong Jian did not disappoint on day two of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships completing their dominance in the pairs competition to take a historic fifth gold.
Pang and Tong were the runaway leaders heading into the free skate having been awarded a total of 71.41points in the short programme – well ahead of second-place Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers.
The Olympic silver medallists from China once again proved a class above in the free skate earning 128.04points to take gold for the fifth time in ten years with an overall total of 199.45.
Lawrence and Paige had to settle for bronze overall in Taipei with a score of 171.73 after team-mates Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, third after the short programme, produced a stunning free skate.
They were awarded a total of 121.87 good enough for second with Lawrence and Paige two places down in fourth with 111.75 just behind the third Canadian pair Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.
Meanwhile in the men’s singles competition Olympic bronze medallist Daisuke Takahashi holds a comfortable lead after the short programme having been awarded a score of 83.49.
American Jeremy Abbott sits in second position with 76.73 just ahead of Takahasi’s Japanese team-mate Yuzuru Hanyu with the free skate to follow.