Updates: 14.01.2022 21:43
Tallinn – Michal Březina again finished at the European Championship in the top ten. With a successful free ride, he moved from fifteenth place in Tallinn to a tenth position after a short program. The title was won by Mark Kondraťuk, who was the only one of the three leading Russian figure skaters to stay on the medal.
Březina bet for sure and at the beginning instead of a square salchow he included only a combination with a triple salchow. “I made that decision after training in the morning. The main thing was that I didn’t feel 100% in the Salchow that we arrived here. Something was wrong there. I got scolded by the coach, but I think it was the right decision, he told reporters after the competition.
The security bet has paid off. Unlike the short program, he did not hesitate in any jump. He managed both triple axels and all other planned triple jumps. For riding Bryan Adams’ music, he received the highest mark this season of 166.78 points, lagged by only half a point behind his personal record and settled with a huge lead.
In the end, with the fifth free ride of the evening, he moved into the top ten in Europe for the twelfth time in his career. “I think it is safe to say that I am one of the top in Europe at the age of thirty-one,” he praised himself after his last free ride at a top European event.
Of the three 18-year-old Russian figure skaters, who led by a short program with a roughly seven-point lead, only the national champion Kondraťuk managed their role. He improved his personal maximum by 22 points with a free ride with three four jumps and an excellent performance, and with a mark of 187.50 he controlled the evaluation of the final part of the competition. With a total of 286.56 points, he defeated the Italian Daniel Grassl by more than 12 points, to whom the four-point lutz, flip and rittberger were the only ones to earn over a hundred points for technique. He moved from fifth place to the silver position. In the end, the bronze Latvian Deniss Vasiljevs also improved his three-seat free ride.
On the other hand, after a short program, Andrei Mozaljov took a turn at the square salchow and, combined with other mistakes, scored fewer points for a ride with two square toeloops than Březina for his one without a square jump. He dropped to fourth place overall.
The third man of the short program, Yevgeny Semenenko, whose ninth free ride knocked down to fifth position, was even more wrong. Bronze defender Morisi Kvitelashvili from Georgia, who fell from fourth to sixth, also finished without a medal.
The European Championship will culminate on Saturday with free dances with the participation of Natalie and Filip Taschler and women’s free rides with Eliška Březinová.
Taschler’s dancers attack the top ten
Dance couple Natalie and Filip Taschler attack the European Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn to place in the top ten. After today’s rhythmic dance, they are eleventh with a loss of 0.75 points to the ninth Poles Natalia Kaliszekova and Maksima Spodyriev. The defending champions and reigning world champions Victoria Sinicin and Nikita Kacalapov from Russia took the lead.
The Czech sibling couple succeeded in an energetic dance to the music of the pop star Madonna. “We missed the blues a bit in big points, but otherwise all the levels were in place. We really enjoyed it, I’m very happy,” Taschler rejoiced. Her brother nodded. “I was doing really well, fresh, freely,” he added.
The Taschlers gained 69.72 points and have significantly improved so far compared to nineteenth place at the last European Championship. At that time, they had a mark for a short dance more than seven points lower. Compared to last year’s World Cup, they scored five and three quarter points in this part of the competition.
Before a free ride, they do not want to be stressed by thinking about a possible location. “We’re going to go to Madonna about the same as we do now. We want to enjoy it, to show the character of that thong. not at all, “Taschler said.
The fight for the title in the absence of four-time world champions Gabriela Papadakis and Guillame Cizeron is expected to take place under Russian direction. Sinicin and Kacalapov got together for the health problems that made them have to resign during the Russian Championship. For a flawless rhythmic dance, they received a mark of 87.89 points, which is their highest in the season.
Their compatriots Alexandra Stepanovova and Ivan Bukin improved their personal record to 86.45 points and lose 1.44 points before Saturday’s free dances. He attacks at least to equalize his maximum at the European Championships, which is silver from 2019.
Unlike other categories, completely Russian podiums are unrealistic in ice dancing. Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri hold the third place. The third Russian couple Diana Davis, Gleb Smolkin, is eighth after the rhythmic dance.
Results of the European Figure Skating Championships
Dancing couples – after rhythmic dance: 1. Sinicinová, Kacalapov 87.89 points, 2. Stěpanovová, Bukin (all Russian) 86.45, 3. Guignardová, Fabbri (It.) 83.35, 4. Fearová, Gibson (Brit.) 79.97 , 5. Smart, Diaz 77.99, 6. Hurtad, Khaliavin (all Sp.) 75.83, …11.Taschlerová, Taschler (Czech Republic) 69.72.
17:00 men – free ride.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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