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Papadakis and Cizeron set new world record in short dance

France’s PyeongChang 2018 ice dance silver medallists Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron have set a new short dance world record on day three of the World Championships in Milan.

Papadakis and Cizeron amassed a huge total of 83.73 points.

That surpassed the previous best mark set by Canada’s Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir by a 0.06 margin.

PyeongChang problem

At last month’s Olympics, Papadakis and Cizeron had a difficult debut.

Papadakis’s top came undone to provide an unnecessary distraction during their short dance.

The 22-year-old figure skater described the wardrobe malfunction as her “worst nightmare”, but the pair still rallied to take second place.

Thankfully, there were no such problems in Milan.

Once again dancing to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ (samba) and ‘Thinking Out Loud’ (rhumba), the French duo executed a near perfect routine.

That saw them overtake the previous highest score of 83.67 that was set by Virtue and Moir for a short dance at PyeongChang.

Papadakis and Cizeron are looking to become world champions for a third time.

The pair finished on top in both 2015 and 2016, but were beaten into second place by Virtue and Moir at last year’s championship in Helsinki.

Now the question remains as to whether they can go on and break the highest ever free dance score as well.

Their target to beat will be 122.40, that was also set by Virtue/Moir at the recent Winter Games.

For the time being, the French duo are well clear of the second-placed pair, USA’s Madison Hubbel and Zachary Donohue, who scored 80.42.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Canada conjured a personal best of 78.31 to finish third.

 Wardrobe malfunction

There was still however, one wardrobe malfunction to contend with at the World Championships on Friday.

Canadian duo Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier set a new PB to finish in sixth place with a score of 74.51.

But Poirier’s excellent performance with his team mate only came after he had a small, but significant issue warming up:


 

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