Figure skaters Sui and Han win China second silver medal at PyeongChang Olympics
Figure skaters Sui Wenjing and Han Cong won China's second silver medal at PyeongChang Olympics today in pair event with 235.47 points after free skating, 0.43 points away from the top of the podium.
The silver came after Liu Jiayu snatched the silver medal of the women's snowboard halfpipe for China on Tuesday and became the first Chinese snowboard Olympic medalist.
Rebounding from the disappointing fourth finish in short program, world championships runners-up Aljona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany claimed the title with a personal best 235.90 points, presenting more than 5,000 spectators in the sold-out Gangneung Ice Arena a flawless routine, featuring a combination of airy triple Salchow plus two double toeloop jumps.
Skating to Turandot by Giacomo Puccini, Sui and Han received a long-lasting applause and cheers after an infectious program.
However, Han under-rotated a double toeloop jump in the same combination jumps of the German duo's, and then Sui landed unsteady after a side-by-side triple salchow jump at the beginning of the routine, which cost them the championship in the end.
Team gold medallists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada took the bronze medal home with 230.15 points. The only scar of the powerful routine in Adele's Hometown Glory came when Duhamel stumbled on a triple Lutz jump and had her hand touch the ice.
Another Chinese combination, Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao, who have paired up for less than two years, finished 8th with 204.10 points. The first-time Olympian Yu, 22, succumbed to nerve and landed onto the ice after a triple Salchow jump and a throw triple Salchow.