Sochi 2014: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win pairs gold

World champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won Winter Olympic gold in the pairs figure skating event.

And host nation Russia, who also won team gold earlier this week, secured a one-two finish as Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver in Sochi.

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German pairing Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy finished in the bronze medal position, as they did in 2010.

China's Pang Qing and Tong Jian, silver medallists in Vancouver four years ago, came fourth.

Volosozhar, 27, and 30-year-old Trankov had been expected to win the gold medal after claiming the 2013 World Championships title.

They led in Sochi after scoring 84.17 in the short program, which they followed with 152.69 in the free program for a total of 236.86.

That saw them finish 18.18 points ahead of Stolbova and Klimov, who edged out Savchenko and Szolkowy by 2.90 points.