Stolbova, Klimov lead European figure skating pairs

Russia's Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov lead after the short program in Stokholm.

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Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov are in the lead of the European figure skating championships after the pairs short program, edging their Russian compatriots Yuko Kavaguti and Alexander Smirnov.

France’s Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres are in third place, but a full nine points behind.

There wasn’t a fall by any of the top pairs on Friday. Stolbova and Klimov, last year’s Olympic silver medalists, kept precision throughout their martial-arts themed program, even in the combination spins that saw their challengers lose synchronization.