By Paul Osborne

Russian couple enter IPC Hall of Fame as day one gets underway in the 2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships in Tokyo ©Getty ImagesDecember 7 - Russian couple of Gulnaz Akbasheva and Vitalii Morozov sealed their place in the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Hall of Fame after winning gold in the combined standard class two at the 2013 Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships in Tokyo.

The win marks the couple's fourth title of the year, as they swept the board in all IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport sanctioned competitions on offer.

The current world number ones knocked reigning world champions and teammates Alexander Lyapin and Irina Gordeeva into an eventual sixth place to add to their Continents Cup, Holland Dansspetakal and Germany Rheinsburg titles from 2013.

The Russian's finished ahead of the Italian duo of Susanna Spugnoli and Sebastian Mureddu, who retain the silver medal they won at the World Championships in 2010.

Belarus' Hanna Harchakova and Ihar Kisialiou completed the podium, picking up bronze and adding to their country's medal haul for the day.

The event is taking place at the Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, host of the wrestling competition at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics ©WikipediaThe event is taking place at the Komazawa Olympic Park Stadium, host of the wrestling competition at the Tokyo 1964 Olympics ©Wikipedia

In the duo Latin class Ukrainian couple Nadiia and Ivan Sivak reversed the outcome of the Continents Cup in Moscow by beating Russia's world number one pairing of Aleksandra Berdnik and Sergey Antonov.

The Russian's missed out on a tie-breaker by just one mark leaving them to settle for the silver medal.

Slovakia's Helena Kasicka and partner Milan Berko climbed to bronze medal position from a lowly sixth three years ago in Hannover in this event.

Kasicka picked up another medal in the combi standard class one event, this time gold with her second dance partner, Peter Vidasic.

The silver medal in this event went to Ukraine's Nataliya Kolesova and Andrii Tovstyi, who joined a growing number of dancers who have improved dramatically since the World Championships three years ago.

Belarus' Veranika Makhortava and Aliaksei Zukhtsikau lost their world title but still managed to secure bronze and prove that they can still compete with the best on the planet.

Tomorrow will see things hot-up with competitors mainly dancing Latin in the combi Latin class one and two, with the duo standard class two title also up for grabs.

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