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First For Bazarova & Larionov On Last Day Of NHK Trophy

The medals were decided in the pairs category at the Sekisui Heim Super Arena in Sendai earlier today, the very last event before the Grand Prix Final next month.

Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov
Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov picked up their very first Grand Prix title quite comfortably in the end. The European silver medallists performed to "Spartacus" by Aram Khatchaturian and opened with side by side triple toeloops which they struggled with the timing of. There were more problems with their double axel/double axel sequence, but after that things went more smoothly and they completed a triple twist and triple flip and triple loop throws. The Russians scored 126.41 points for their free and 192.02 points in total.

Skating to a medley of Queen songs, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch hung on to second place despite having a few errors mar their programme. Moscovitch flubbed a side by side triple toeloop and Moore-Towers crashed on the triple salchow throw. They were more successful with a triple twist, side by side triple salchows and a triple loop throw. The Canadians earned an FS score of 115.49 points to give them a personal best total of 180.63 points and a place in the Grand Prix Final alongside the Russians.

Marissa Castelli & Simon Shnapir claimed their first Grand Prix medal when they won bronze.

The culmination of the this year's Grand Prix Series will be the Grand Prix Final next month in Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The following skaters have now officially qualified:

1. Patrick Chan (CAN)
2. Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
3. Takahiko Kozuka (JPN)
4. Tatsuki Machida (JPN)
5. Daisuke Takahashi (JPN)
6. Javier Fernandez (ESP)

1. Ashley Wagner (USA)
2. Mao Asada (JPN)
3. Kiira Korpi (FIN)
4. Akiko Suzuki (JPN)
5. Julia Lipnitskaia (RUS)
6. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (RUS)

1. Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov (RUS)
2. Vera Bazarova & Yuri Larionov (RUS)
3. Qing Pang & Jian Tong (CHN)
4. Yuko Kavaguti & Alexander Smirnov (RUS)
5. Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (CAN)
6. Kirsten Moore-Towers & Dylan Moscovitch (CAN)

Ice Dance:
1. Meryl Davis & Charlie White (USA)
2. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (CAN)
3. Nathalie Pechalat & Fabian Bourzat (FRA)
4. Ekaterina Bobrova & Dmitri Soloviev (RUS)
5. Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov (RUS)
6. Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA)
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