ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2018: Day 2 Results

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IMarch 22, 2018

Germany's Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot perform on March 22, 2018 during the Pairs Free figure skating at the Milano World League Figure Championship 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Olympic champions Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot took gold in the pairs at the 2018 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Milan on Thursday after a sensational showing in the free skate.

The German duo topped the standings overnight after the short programme and put in another sublime display to confirm their status as the world's best.

Russian pair Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov took silver while France's Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres scooped the bronze medal. Here are the final standings:

In the men's event, America's Nathan Chen tops the standings after a strong performance in the short programme.

The 18-year-old achieved a score of 101.94 to finish ahead of Russia's Mikhail Kolyada with Vincent Zhou in third. ISU Figure Skating showed the top three:

The full results from Thursday's action are available from the competition's official website.

        

Thursday Recap

Savchenko and Massot were big favourites for gold and showed why with another flawless routine on Thursday. The German duo were ever more impressive than they were at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games as they smashed the world record to take the title, per NBC's Nick Zaccardi:

Daniella Matar at the Associated Press was thoroughly impressed with the new world champions:

Tarasova and Morozov had to settle for second and their choice of music let them down, according to Inside Skating:

French duo James and Cipres took the final podium place and secured their first World Championship medal.

In the men's event, Chen looks determined to bounce back from his disappointment at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games with victory in Italy. The teenager missed out on an individual medal at the Winter Olympics after falling in the short programme but looked confident on Thursday.

It was a good day for the American team as Zhou placed third with a new personal best score. Sports journalist Beverley Smith showed how impressive his performance was:

Elsewhere there was disappointment for Shoma Uno who came into the tournament fresh from claiming silver at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Japanese skater had to settle for fifth and revealed afterwards he is struggling with injury, per ISU Figure Skating:

Canada's Keegan Messing also put in a strong showing to finish in sixth with a personal best of 93.00. This is the 26-year-old's first appearance at the World Championship and his performance has left him in contention for a medal.

The men return on Saturday for the free skate and the full schedule is available here.

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