Russian ice dancers shine at Cup of China

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia compete in the ice dance free dance programme during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2011 in Shanghai on November 5, 2011 (AFP Photo / Peter Parks)
The Russian duo of Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviev have won the ice dancing contest at the Cup of China.

The European silver medalists performed a flawless free dance to take the title with 163.52 points, claiming the career record in line.

They finished well ahead of Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States overall.

Meanwhile, Russian pair Yuko Kavaguti and Aleksandr Smirnov easily claimed their first event of the season, finishing on top in both the short program and free skate to win it with a score of 186.74.

Another Russian, 14-year-old world junior champion Adelina Sotnikova finished third in the women's event. She was outshone by Italy's Carolina Kostner, who won despite a couple of wobbly landings, and American Mirai Nagasu.

Elsewhere, Russian Artur Gachinsky finished fifth in the men’s event, despite leading the pack after the short program.

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