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Trophée Eric Bompard: PANG/TONG, DUHAMEL/RADFORD AND BAZAROVA/LARIONOV FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD AFTER SHORT DESPITE FALLING

13TEB-PSP01-9064-PT-RRThe French Grand Prix started its competitions with the Pairs event on Friday afternoon. Qing Pang/Jiang Tong won this segment with 67.69, followed by Meaghan Duhamel/Eric Radford (66.07 points) and Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov (65.67 points).

Despite Tong’s fall on the opening 3 Toeloop, the Chinese said they were happy because it was the first time they were first after the Short Program in the Paris Grand Prix. “I don’t know how often we came here but it’s true we have never won. Moreover, it’s our last season, so it’s our last chance to win this trophy and it would be nice. The audience here is so warm. This is the last time we are here, it’s a bit nostalgic for us.”

The Canadian pair made a mistake in the side-by-side jumps as well (Meaghan fell in the 3 Lutz). “We skated better than in the Canada, but there was a fall. It’s the 3rd time in a row we are 2nd in the Short Program in Paris and we hope to skate better tomorrow. Nevertheless, it’s always special skating to your own music.”

The Russian had a fall in the opening side-by-side jumps too (Bazarova fell). “I made a mistake in the jump: I didn’t expect it, we were preparing so well. Tomorrow we’ll skate our Free and will try to state errors free. We are very comfortable working with our new coaches. Our Short Program’s style is new for us. We like it a lot it: it’s new and unexpected, and when you take something so new you want to move forward and push it.”

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