Beijing Winter Olympics: Chinese pair of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong win gold medal in figure skating

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Beijing, China Updated: Feb 19, 2022, 11:03 PM(IST)

Gold medallists China's Sui and Han celebrate during the venue ceremony of the pair skating figure. Photograph:( AFP )

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China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won pairs title in figure skating while Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took silver.

China's Sui Wenjing and Han Cong made sure the Beijing Games' controversial figure skating competition ended in celebration on Saturday by winning the pairs title for the sport's final gold medal to the rapture of local fans.

Fevered cheers and thunderous applause filled the Beijing Capital Indoor Stadium as the pair's free skate score was announced in Mandarin, giving China the first figure skating trophy since pairs Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo in 2010.

Sui and Han, partners for 15 years - their entire career since they were children - were clearly in their element on home ice as they executed a series of high-scoring elements.

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Their opening quadruple twist lift in their free skate to "Bridge Over Troubled Water" sent spectators into a frenzy, with cheers erupting between hushed moments as they performed most of their jumps and throws with clockwork precision.

Their final score of 239.88 beat the world record of 239.82 held by Russians Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov.

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took silver with 239.25 points while the Mishina-Galliamov duo won bronze with 237.71.

The Games' figure skating competition has been embroiled in turmoil over Russian teen Kamila Valieva's doping case.

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The 15-year-old, now back in Russia, was cleared to compete in the women's singles event despite having tested positive for a banned substance prior to the Games.

She finished in fourth place amid all the drama.

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