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Gold medalists Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu flanked by Hong Chen/Zhuoming Sun, left, and Wanqi Ning/Chao Wang © International Skating Union (ISU)

Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) flew high with their “Black Swan” Free Dance at the ISU Grand Prix Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing Saturday, claiming victory with 14 points to spare. Hong Chen/Zhuoming Sun (CHN) took the silver medal and the bronze went to Wanqi Ning/Chao Wang (CHN).  

Wang/Liu, Olympians at PyeongChang 2018, showed off their technical and artistic abilities in a dramatic program producing spectacular lifts and intricate footwork. The multiple National Champions picked up a level four for the combination spin, the lifts and the twizzles while the one foot step sequence and the diagonal footwork were rated a level three. Wang/Liu got 122.61 points for their Free Dance and totalled 206.84 points to take the title.

“We are pretty happy with today’s performance,” Wang said. “Because of Liu Xinyu’s hand injury, we had a rushed preparation, but we did what we were able to do in practice. After he fully recovers, we hope to polish the program. Compared to last year’s Cup of China, I feel we have matured and have become more experienced.”

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Shiyue Wang/Xinyu Liu (CHN) sealed an emphatic victory with their 'Black Swan' Free Dance © International Skating Union (ISU)

Chen/Sun’s delightful dance to “I Will Wait For You” from the “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” soundtrack featured smooth step sequences and beautiful lifts. The couple collected a level four for four elements and a level three for the diagonal step sequence to score 115.69 for the Free Dance. Overall the ISU Four Continents competitors accumulated 192.26 points.

“For today, we were able to perform like we do in training,” Sun said. “We used the same music (for the Free Dance like last year), but we made a new program via online classes with our overseas coaches. For the future, we hope to bring more emotions into the program.”Chen Hong and Sun Zhuoming GettyImages 1229500596

Hong Chen/Zhuoming Sun (CHN) took the silver medal in Chongqing © International Skating Union (ISU)

Dancing to “Mozart L’Opera Rock”, Ning/Wang’s performance was highlighted by level-four lifts and a level-four combo spin. They received 102.83 points for the Free Dance, making 171.90 points overall. 

“It was good and we feel we have made progress compared to last year,” Wang said. “We hope to learn from this competition and we will focus on the levels in the elements that we did not get here to achieve them next time.”Ning Wanqi and Wang Chao GettyImages 1229500662

Wanqi Ning/Chao Wang (CHN) finished third after their Free Dance to 'Mozart L'Opera Rock' © International Skating Union (ISU)

Yuzhu Gao/Pengkun Zhao finished fourth with a smooth dance to “A Thousand Years” and the  “W.E.” soundtrack, totalling 162.36 points. In their senior-level debut, Yufei Lin/Zijian Gao came fifth on 142.33 points. 

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