NICE, France--Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran took the bronze after the free skate on March 30 at the World Championships to become the first skaters representing Japan to medal in an international senior pairs competition.
Germans Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the pairs gold with a total of 201.49 points, 0.11 point ahead of Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
"I was satisfied with our third-place finish after the short program," 20-year-old Takahashi said. "We were still third after the free skate. I was happiest when we celebrated with hugs."
After the short program on March 28, the pair scored 124.32 points in the free program for a total of 189.69.
Because Tran is a Canadian, the pair cannot represent Japan at the 2014 Sochi Olympics unless the 21-year-old obtains Japanese citizenship.
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