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China wins pairs short program; US pair finishes 14th

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/14/2018
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China skate to victory in the pairs short program. © John Sibley Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China skate to victory in the pairs short program.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

The Chinese pair of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong led Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by less than a point after the short program in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Sui and Han scored a season-best 82.39 points Wednesday to a breathtaking, almost ethereal version of the Leonard Cohen song "Hallelujah." They embraced on their knees as the music came to an end, holding the pose for a moment as the crowd roared its approval.

Tarasova and Morozov scored 81.68 points to a piano concerto by Rachmaninov to keep them in contention heading into Thursday's free skate.

Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada were third with 76.82 points. That was less than a point ahead of German favorites Aliona Savchenkno and Bruno Massot.

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PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 21:  Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs of the United States celebrate in the finish area during the Women's Bobsleigh heats on day twelve of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 21, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. 2018 Winter Olympics

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