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Evan Lysacek wins gold in men's figure skating, Evgeni Plushenko gets silver

February 18, 2010 |  9:09 pm

Trailing by less than a point heading into the free program, Evan Lysacek of the United States did his job and did it well Thursday night, performing an outstanding free program to add 167.37 points to his total, giving him 257.67 points for the competition. But would it be enough for the gold?

That put the pressure squarely on Russia's Evgeni Plushenko, who answered with a strong free skate of his own, but not strong enough, as he scored 165.51 points, giving him 256.36 points overall and the silver medal.

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the bronze with a score of 247.23 points. Johnny Weir of the U.S. finished in sixth place.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver

Photo: Evan Lysacek performs his free skate Thursday night. Credit: Mark Baker / Associated Press