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Duchesnays End Lock by Soviets in Skating

From Staff and Wire Reports

Isabelle and Paul Duchesnay, the French-Canadian brother and sister team who represent France, used a new version of last year’s “Missing” routine to captivate the judges as well as the audience in winning the ice dance competition Friday at the World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany.

The silver medal went to the Soviet Union’s husband-and-wife duo of Marina Klimova and Sergei Ponomarenko, two-time champions. It was the first time since 1984 that a Soviet pair failed to win the ice dance gold.

Earlier, Americans Kristi Yamaguchi and Tonya Harding took the top two positions after the women’s original program, and the 1989 champion, Midori Ito of Japan, suffered bruises in a spectacular fall over the boards into a television camera pit.

Ito finished her routine and received marks good enough to put her into third place, leaving her with a chance to win the title if she can compete in today’s free skate. Doctors said she suffered bruises on her foot and hip but no broken bones.

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