World Championships: new record and first place for Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron after the rhythmic dance

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World Championships: new record and first place for Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron after the rhythmic dance

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron seemed much more relaxed on Friday in Montpellier than last month, when they went to Beijing for Olympic gold, the only title they lacked. Already four times world champions (2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019), the French, big favorites, were acclaimed by the public of Montpellier. With 92.73 pts, they clearly improve their record (90.83 pts on February 12 at the Olympics), with in particular only 10s in interpretation.

At the end of this rhythmic dance on the waacking they last skated in competition, Papadakis-Cizeron have a three-point lead over their closest pursuers in the absence of Russian Olympic vice-champions Victoria Sinitsina-Nikita Katsalapov, their American training comrades Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (89.72 pts). The provisional podium is completed by another team from Montreal, the Americans Madison Chock and Ewan Bates with 87.51 pts.

The French can end their Olympic season in style on Saturday by winning a new world title, which could be the last, at 26 and 27, if they finally decide to end their career.

World champion for men in 2010, Daisuke Takahashi participated in Montpellier in his first World Championships in ice dancing. The 36-year-old Japanese and his partner took 15th place with 67.77 pts.

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