The pairs event at the world championships in Saitama, Japan is off to a great start.

Canadians and national champions, Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro skated well. They were a little disappointed in themselves with a couple of minor errors but are ready to fight for a medal in the free program on Thursday. They sit in fifth place with 73.08 points, about two-and-a-half points out of third.

Canada’s silver national medallists Evelyn Walsh and Trennt Michaud had a solid skate.

“I was nervous to start with” said Walsh.

It didn’t show. They ended up in 12th place after the short program. Not bad for their first appearance at the world championships.

Event favourites from China, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han, didn’t disappoint, earning a record score of 79.24 in the short program before losing it an hour later to eventual leaders from Russia, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, who delivered an 81.21…

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