Figure Skating - Bobrova and Soloviev finally win European gold

Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev ended three years of hurt at the European Figure Skating Championships as they smashed even more personal bests to narrowly win ice dance gold.

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Figure Skating - Bobrova and Soloviev finally win European gold
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Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia perform during the ice dance free dance program at the European Figure Skating Championships in Zagreb (Reuters)

Bobrova and Soloviev have had to settle for European silver for the past two years running however they showed that 2013 might just be their Championships after the short dance on Wednesday. They recorded a personal best score of 69.42 for the lead just ahead of Russian teammates Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov who followed suit with an effort of 68.98. And that was how the top two stayed on day three in Zagreb as Bobrova and Soloviev posted a personal best of 99.83 in the free dance that just gave them gold at the fourth time of asking after finishing ninth in 2010. Ilinykh and Katsalapov responded to their compatriots' effort by smashing the 100-point barrier with a routine worth 100.16 but it wasn’t enough to jump up into first place. Bobrova and Soloviev scored a personal best 169.25 in total compared to 169.14 from Ilinykh and Katsalapov, who did upgrade their bronze from last year’s Europeans to silver in Zagreb. Italian duo Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte prevented it from being a Russian one-two-three finishing not too far behind the leading two in third with a score of 165.80 overall. Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko were comfortably behind in fourth while Britain's Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland occupied fifth for a career best finish. After a personal best of 60.59 in the short dance they scored 92.36 in the free dance for a career-best combined total of 157.77 that saw them improve on sixth from last year in Sheffield.

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