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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hosts Fail to Win a Single Gold at Cup of Russia

Itar-TassRussia's Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin competing in the compulsory dances at the Cup of Russia in Moscow. The pair won the silver medal.
Tanith Belbin and Benjamin Agosto of the United States won the ice dancing gold Sunday at the Cup of Russia after the free dance performances.

Belbin and Agosto finished with an overall 186.33 points -- 0.99 ahead of Russians Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin.

The results left Russia without a single gold medal for the first time in the event's decade-long history.

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder of France took the bronze.

The Americans' ballroom-style romp to classic movie tunes placed them behind the more adventurous Russians, who wore peasant-themed costumes and were accompanied by music from Borodin's "Prince Igor." But the Russians had started the free dance in third place overall -- after Shabalin's fall in Saturday's original dance -- and they fell just short of enough points to take gold.

Brian Joubert of France won the men's, Switzerland's Sarah Meier took the women's gold and Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy won the pairs.

Accompanied by a heavy-metal cello quartet, Joubert ended more than 40 points ahead of Johnny Weir of the United States.

Russia's Ilya Klimkin took the bronze with 187.45 after a free skate that varied from a smooth triple-double-double cascade to falling twice while simply skating forward.

Sarah Meier of Switzerland easily won the free skate event to take the women's gold with 159.17 points.

Elena Sokolova, Russia's only strong hope for a women's medal, had trouble from the start. She doubled a triple lutz and scratched the planned combination double toeloop. Sokolova was sixth in free skate and fourth overall with 143.11.

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy took the pairs gold with 179.45. Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov took silver in the free skate with an overall 178.03.

The bronze went to Russia's Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov -- the first international medal for the pair that has been skating together only this year. Japanese-born Kawaguchi has trained in St. Petersburg since 2003, and this year decided to compete for Russia.