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Canada's Duhamel, Radford win gold at Four Continents

Associated Press

2/10/2013 1:03:13 PM

OSAKA, Japan -- Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford captured their first international pairs title, winning gold at the Four Continents figure skating championships Sunday.

Duhamel, from Lively, Ont,. and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., weren't pleased with their score of 199.18 points, but it was enough to top teammates Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch.

They became the first Canadians to claim this title since Jamie Sale and David Pelletier in 2002.

"We are disappointed," Duhamel said. "We know we are capable of skating much better. We want to show an improved long program at the world championships. We felt confident going in but once the music started it just became a struggle."

Duhamel and Radford, who skated to "Angel," had to fight for their landings on their side-by-side triple Lutzes.

Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont., and Moscovitch, from Waterloo, Ont., scored 196.78 They won Sunday's free skate but couldn't overtake Duhamel and Radford, who built up a lead in winning the short program.

"We are improving each time out and that's what's motivating us," Moore-Towers said.

U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were third with 170.10 points.