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Russians Tarasova/Morozov defend European pairs figure skating title

© AFP | Russia's Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov compete in the pairs' free skating at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships in Moscow on January 18, 2018

MOSCOW (AFP) - 

Russians Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov produced a foot-perfect free skating routine to defend their pairs title at the European Championships in Moscow on Thursday.

The 2017 gold medallists headed an all-Russian podium with Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov taking silver while Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert claimed bronze.

While the home team celebrated there was heartache for French duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres.

They led the pack after Wednesday's short programme to conjure up real hope of claiming the title for France for the first time in 86 years, but in the end had to settle for fourth.

© 2018 AFP