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Russia’s Kovtun skates to European silver, Spain’s Fernandez unbeatable

January 29, 7:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The Russian posted a new personal best

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Maxim Kovtun

Maxim Kovtun

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MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Maxim Kovtun won silver at the ISU European Figure Skating Championships Saturday, losing to Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who claimed his fifth consecutive European title.

The Russian posted a new personal best with 172.27 points and accumulated 266.80 points to win his third consecutive medal at Europeans, but it was not enough to defeat Fernandez (294.84 points), who enjoyed a solid lead after the short program.

Fernandez has become the first skater since Ondrej Nepela to win five European titles in a row. The Slovak Nepela won his titles from 1969 to 1974.

Another Russian, Mikhail Kolyada, picked the bronze. Alexander Samarin was eighth with 230.87 points.

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