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Skating medal hopes fade for Sinead and John Kerr

John and Sinead Kerr

Kerrs hold onto eighth with hoedown

British figure skaters Sinead and John Kerr remain eighth but lost ground on the leaders after the original dance.

The brother and sister combination scored 56.76 points to leave them with 93.78 overall, 17.37 off the lead.

Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir scored 68.41 points to take the lead and hold an advantage of 2.6 ahead of Monday's final free dance (2320 GMT).

United States pair Meryl Davis and Charlie White are second with the Russia duo, who had led, in third.

Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin held a 1.02 point lead going into Sunday's original dance at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver but a disappointing score of 62.84 saw them drop down to third.

GB's other pair Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland moved up two places to 19th position after an entertaining performance that was well received by the spectators inside the arena.

The Kerr duo, dressed in country-western attire and dancing to Johnny Cash's 'I've Been Everywhere', also proved popular with the spectators, if less so with the judges.

After staying in eighth spot, the Scottish siblings said they were satisfied with their performance.

"I enjoyed it and I think it was not too bad," said Sinead Kerr.

"It could have been better but we are pretty happy with the score and the performance. You don't have any control over the judges scores so you just have to do your best."

John Kerr added: "All you can do is go for personal best and hopefully we can score well and move up a couple of spots."

Describing their performance and the positive reaction of the crowd Buckland added: "That was the best experience of my life.

"The support of the crowd was the biggest thing to take away. As well as pleasing the judges that is what the performance is for."

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