Russians Tarasova and Morozov win pairs at Grand Prix Final
MARSEILLE, France (AP) Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov earned their season-best score in the free skate to win the pairs at the Grand Prix Final on Friday.
The Russians scored 135.25 to win with a total of 213.85.
Tarasova and Morozov placed second at the Trophee de France last month and third at Skate America in October, when they also led after the short program.
This time they held firm, nailing all of their jumps on both days.
The positions stayed the same from Thursday's short program, with Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao of China second, and Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada third.
Duhamel again made a couple of errors, having also done so on Thursday. She put her hand down on the throw quad salchow and had to check her balance to stop from falling after another difficult landing.
Former Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada lead in the ice dance with a commanding 80.50 in the short.
World silver medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani, who are brother and sister, are in second spot with 77.97, and French duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron narrowly behind in third on 77.86.
''It was definitely our strongest performance of the season,'' Alex Shibutani said. ''We're excited about this program because the ceiling is so high for it. There is a lot more we can do.''
The women's short program began later Friday.