Saturday, January 16, 2010

Rochette wins sixth Canadian title in a row

LONDON, Canada — Joannie Rochette captured her sixth consecutive women's title at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships and a berth in the Vancouver Olympics by winning Saturday's free skate final.

Rochette, who settled for second in Friday's short programme to Cynthia Phaneuf, won the free skate with 144.08 points to finish with an overall score of 208.23.

Phaneuf, who skated after Rochette in the final group, was second in the free skate with 116.25 to finish second overall on 182.55 and claim the other available Olympic berth, earning a chance to skate on home ice next month.

Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison captured their second pairs title in a row by winning the free skate earlier Saturday.

Dube and Davison won the long programme with 135.40 points to 117.95 for Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay, who had captured the short programme Friday.

In the final standings Dube and Davison won with 198.27 points with Langlois and Hay taking the other Olympic spot with 183.42 points, 11.24 ahead of Meagan Duhamel and Craig Buntin.

The Ice dance free skate finals were set for later Saturday with the men's free skate set for Sunday.

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