Olympics: Volosozhar, Trankov set to restore Russia's pair supremacy
SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Olympic team gold medallists Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov are poised to restore Russia's pairs' supremacy at the Winter Games as they set a new world record in the short programme on Tuesday.
Trankov, resplendent in a military-themed outfit, and Volosozhar, in a ballroom-style dress, performed flawlessly to Masquerade Waltz by Aram Khachaturian to score 84.17 points.
It gave them a 4.53-point lead on Olympic bronze medallists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, with fellow Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, also team gold medallists, sitting third nearly six points behind the leaders.
They were watched by two-time winners Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov who won the first Olympic pairs title for the former Soviet Union at the 1964 Innsbruck Games.