Tuesday, March 18, 2008

French Lead After Compulsories

Oteborg, Sweden (Sports Network) - France's Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder are in the top spot after the compulsory dance round at the 2008 World Figure Skating Championships Tuesday.

The French pair finished with 40.73 points, more than two points clear of Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and over five points ahead of Americans Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto, who are in fifth place after a rare fall.

The Russian duo of Jana Kokhlova and Sergei Novitski is in third place, while Italians Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali are fourth.

Belbin and Agosto, the reigning Olympic silver medalists, were the odds on favorite to win the dance crown after European champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin withdrew.

But, while skating to the Argentine tango, Belbin stumbled while attempting a twizzle. Falls in compulsories are very rare, and the Argentine tango is considered an easier dance.

Belbin and Agosto suffered a mandatory one-point deduction and finished with a score of 35.02.


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