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Chan, German pair set world records

MOSCOW -- Elegant and athletic, Patrick Chan won his first world figure skating title in record fashion at an event many feared wouldn't happen.

Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy were far more whimsical, but no less mesmerizing in the pairs competition.

Chan and the German pair each set world records for the free skate and total points Thursday as they claimed titles at the world figure skating championships. Chan claimed the title a day after he set a new mark for the short program. His total score of 280.98 points smashed the previous record of 264.41, set in 2008 by last year's world champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan.

"I hoped I could get 300," Chan said, joking.

"Maybe next time."

Japanese national champion Takahiko Kozuka won the men's silver medal. Russia's Artur Gachinski took bronze in his first appearance at the world championships.

Savchenko and Szolkowy scored 217.85 points for their playful "Pink Panther" program, topping the previous mark of 216.57 points set last year at the Vancouver Olympics by gold medalists Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo. It was the third title for the Germans, and their fifth world medal in as many years.

Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia won silver. Defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian of China, who had the overnight lead, dropped to bronze.

U.S. champions Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin were sixth.

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