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Germans win 3rd world title, set world records

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Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy have won their third pairs title at the world figure skating championships, setting two world records on Thursday.

The Germans were in second after the short program behind defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China. But their clean and playful free skate to music from ''The Pink Panther'' put them on top.

Savchenko and Szolkowy finished with 217.85 total points, topping the previous mark of 216.57 by Olympic gold medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo in Vancouver last year. Savchenko and Szolkowy also topped the free skate record, set by Pang and Tong in Vancouver.

Pang and Tong took bronze after he put his hand down on their opening double axel sequence.

Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, skating together just a year, won silver.

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