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Ailing Takahashi, Tran decide to end partnership

Japanese world pairs bronze medalists to continue careers separately

The crowning moment of Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran's run together came when they captured bronze at the 2012 World Championships.
The crowning moment of Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran's run together came when they captured bronze at the 2012 World Championships. (Getty Images)

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By icenetwork.com
(12/18/2012) - According to to the Japanese Skating Federation, world bronze medalists Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran, who were sidelined this season after Takahashi underwent shoulder surgery, have decided to part ways.

Both skaters intend to continue skating and are on the lookout for new partners.

Tran, who is of Vietnamese and Cambodian descent but was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, had sought Japanese citizenship before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games; he would not have been eligible to compete on behalf of Japan at the Olympics without it.

The pair made it clear that impediment was not the reason they split up.

"Recently, as we've differed in the way we think about competing, we've come to disagree with each other," Takahashi said, speaking in Japanese. "We actively feel like continuing with the skating that we love, so we've decided to end our partnership."

Tran and Takahashi began their partnership back in July 2007 and captured four straight golds at the Japanese championships, from 2009-12. They also won the 2010 Junior Grand Prix Final and took bronze at the 2011 World Junior Championships. Their bronze at the 2012 World Championships was the first worlds podium ever reached by a Japanese pair.

In their last competitive appearance, they helped Japan finish first at the 2012 World Team Trophy.

Information from sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp was used in this report.