According to the International Skating Union on Thursday, Meagan Duhamel of Sudbury, Ontario and Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba won the gold medal in the pairs competition at the 2015 International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, China.
Duhamel and Radford posted a score of 221.53 points. Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China won the silver medal with a score of 214.12 points. Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China won the bronze medal with a score of 212.77 points.
It was not a perfect performance for Duhamel and Radford, who won a silver medal for Canada in the team competition at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Duhamel did touch the ice with her hand on a Radford throw. However, they were able to survive the pressure of three Chinese teams that were breathing down their neck. Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang of China finished in fourth place, giving China three spots in the top five.
Duhamel and Radford were also not the only Canadian figure skating team to win a medal at the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships. On Thursday evening in western Canada (Friday afternoon in China), Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ontario won the bronze medal in the ice dance competition with a score of 179.42 points. Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France won the gold medal with a score of 184.28 points. Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States won the silver medal with a score of 181.34 points.
It was the third world championship medal for Duhamel and Radford. They had won the bronze medal at the last two World Figure Skating Championships. It was the second world championship medal for Weaver and Poje. They had won the silver medal at the 2014 World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan. Duhamel and Radford along with Weaver and Poje will be medal contenders for Canada at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.