Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China prevailed over Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy by 1.02 points to capture the Pairs Short Program at the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships. The new Russian couple Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov finished third in what was a high-level competition. While the Chinese couple stood out because of their elegance, the Germans were very lively and the Russians powerful.