2002 European Figure Skating Championships: Day Two

The 2002 ISU European Figure Skating Championships continued in Lausanne with the Compulsory Dances and the Men's Short Program.

Ice Dance, Compulsory Dances

Defending Champions Barbara Fusar Poli/ Maurizio Margaglio (ITA) and last year's silver medallists, Marina Anissina/ Gwendal Peizerat (FRA) were tied in first place after the two Compulsory Dances, the Ravensburger Waltz and the Blues.

Anissina/ Peizerat won the first dance (the Ravensburger Waltz) which they skated with elegance and flow. Six out of the seven Judges awarded first place ordinals to the French couple, placing them ahead of the Italians. "We did well in both dances. We had a bad draw to start first in the first dance, but we did well", Peizerat commented. "The competition is not yet over. We feel good on the ice and we are ready for the rest."

Fusar Poli/Margaglio were equally pleased with their performance. "Maybe someone expected us to go down, but we are stronger than before", Margaglio told the press. "We are on track. We felt we must attack again. That's what we did in the past."

In the second dance, Fusar Poli/ Margaglio took the lead. This time, five of the seven Judges opted for the Italians, who turned in an expressive and smooth Blues. Anissina/ Peizerat had to settle for second, leaving the two couples tied going into Thursday's Original Dance.

The top two couples are followed by the 2001 bronze medallists, Irina Lobacheva/ Ilia Averbukh of Russia, who placed third in both dances, ahead of 2000 bronze medallists Margarita Drobiazko/ Povilas Vanagas (LTU). The Russians are competing in their first international event this season, as Lobacheva has been dealing with an injury since September and lost over a month of training time. "Maybe we were a little bit more nervous. We couldn't skate (compete) half the season. The Blues was much better than the Waltz," Averbukh said.

Men, Short Program

Tonight's Short Program was on a high level as many skaters turned in strong performances. Alexei Yagudin and Alexander Abt (both of Russia), the winners of Qualifying Round A and B, took first and second place respectively in the Short Program. France's Brian Joubert placed third in the second part of the competition.

Skating first in the final flight, Yagudin nailed a quadruple-triple toeloop combination right at the beginning of his "Winter" program. Then, the three-time World Champion reeled off a high triple Axel, a triple Lutz and spectacular footwork. The crowd cheered him on and gave him a standing ovation. Yagudin's marks went up to 5.9 for both required elements and presentation, picking up all first place ordinals. "I enjoy this short program a lot", he told the press. "Whenever I have the choice between short and free program in practice, I skate the short. I like the footwork the most in the program."

Abt was a clear second, hitting a quadruple-triple toeloop combination, a triple Axel and a triple Lutz. The Russian also showed strong spins in his routine to Armenian music. "It was a bit hard to skate, physically", Abt said. "I was calm when I went out there, but in general I skate better in practice. I'll attack again in the free program, like today."

Joubert turned out to be the surprise of the evening. Competing in his first European Championships, the 17-year-old wasn't impressed by the big names and delivered a dynamic performance that featured a quadruple-double toeloop, a triple Axel and a triple flip. "I had fun. It's like an exhibition for me", Joubert happily explained. "First I focused on the quadruple combination, then on the choreography and the gestures."

Ilia Klimkin of Russia came in fourth. The 1999 World Junior Champion also landed a clean quadruple-triple toeloop combination but stumbled on the triple Axel.

The European Figure Skating Championships continue Wednesday with the Ladies Qualifying Rounds and the Pairs Free Program.

Results

Ice Dance

FPl.	Name					Nat.	Points	C1	C2	OD	FD

1	Marina ANISSINA / Gwendal PEIZERAT 	FRA	0.6	1	2		
1	Barbara FUSAR POLI / Maurizio MARGAGLIO ITA	0.6	2	1		
3	Irina LOBACHEVA / Ilia AVERBUKH 	RUS	1.2	3	3		
4	Margarita DROBIAZKO / Povilas VANAGAS 	LTU	1.6	4	4		
5	Galit CHAIT / Sergei SAKHNOVSKI 	ISR	2.0	5	5		
6	Albena DENKOVA / Maxim STAVIYSKI 	BUL	2.4	6	6		
7	Tatiana NAVKA / Roman KOSTOMAROV 	RUS	2.8	7	7		
8	Elena GRUSHINA / Ruslan GONCHAROV 	UKR	3.2	8	8		
9	Eliane HUGENTOBLER / Daniel HUGENTOBLER SUI	3.8	10	9		
9	Sylwia NOWAK / Sebastian KOLASINSKI 	POL	3.8	9	10		
11	Marika HUMPHREYS / Vitali BARANOV 	GBR	4.6	11	12		
11	Natalia ROMANIUTA / Daniil BARANTSEV 	RUS	4.6	12	11		
13	Alia OUABDELSSELAM / Benjamin DELMAS 	FRA	5.2	13	13		
14	Federica FAIELLA / Massimo SCALI 	ITA	5.8	14	15		
14	Kristin FRASER / Igor LUKANIN 		AZE	5.8	15	14		
16	Natalia GUDINA / Alexei BELETSKI 	ISR	6.6	16	17		
17	Veronika MORAVKOVA / Jiri PROCHAZKA 	CZE	6.8	18	16		
18	Stephanie RAUER / Thomas RAUER 		GER	7.0	17	18		
19	Jill VERNEKOHL / Dmitri KURAKIN 	GER	7.6	19	19		
20	Roxane PETETIN / Mathieu JOST 		FRA	8.2	20	21		
21	Julia GOLOVINA / Oleg VOIKO 		UKR	8.4	22	20		
22	Zita GEBORA / Andras VISONTAI 		HUN	8.6	21	22		
23	Jessica HUOT / Juha VALKAMA 		FIN	9.2	23	23		
24	Anna MOSENKOVA / Sergei SYCHOV 		EST	9.6	24	24		
25	Tatiana SINIAVER / Tornike TUKVADZE 	GEO	10.0	25	25	
	
Men

FPl.	Name			Nat.	Points	QA	QB	SP	FS

1	Alexei YAGUDIN 		RUS	1.0	1		1	
2	Alexander ABT 		RUS	1.6		1	2	
3	Brian JOUBERT 		FRA	2.6		2	3	
4	Ilia KLIMKIN 		RUS	3.2	2		4	
5	Andrejs VLASCENKO 	GER	5.0		5	5	
6	Stéphane LAMBIEL 	SUI	5.2	4		6	
7	Dmitri DMITRENKO 	UKR	6.0		3	8	
8	Sergei DAVYDOV 		BLR	6.6	6		7	
9	Ivan DINEV 		BUL	6.6	3		9	
10	Frederic DAMBIER 	FRA	7.6		4	10	
11	Gabriel MONNIER 	FRA	8.6	5		11	
12	Stefan LINDEMANN 	GER	10.0		7	12	
13	Kevin VAN DER PERREN 	BEL	10.2		6	13	
14	Margus HERNITS 		EST	11.6	8		14	
15	Gheorghe CHIPER 	ROM	13.0		10	15	
16	Juraj SVIATKO 		SVK	13.2	9		16	
17	Tomas VERNER 		CZE	13.4		8	17	
18	Vakhtang MURVANIDZE 	GEO	14.4		9	18	
19	Gregor URBAS 		SLO	15.8		11	19	
20	Matthew DAVIES 		GBR	17.4	12		21	
21	Patrick MEIER 		SUI	18.0		15	20	
22	Angelo DOLFINI 		ITA	18.0		12	22	
23	Kristoffer BERNTSSON 	SWE	18.4	7		26	
24	Sergei RYLOV 		AZE	18.8	11		24	
25	Michael SHMERKIN 	ISR	19.0		13	23	
26	Markus LEMINEN 		FIN	20.2	13		25	
27	Hristo TURLAKOV 	BUL	21.4	10		29	
28	Bertalan ZAKANY 	HUN	21.8	14		27	
29	Daniel PEINADO 		ESP	22.8	15		28	
30	Clemens JONAS 		AUT	23.6		14	30	
31	Aidas REKLYS 		LTU		16			
31	Bartosz DOMANSKI 	POL			16		
33	Tayfun ANAR 		TUR		17			
33	Ivan KINCIK 		SVK			17		
35	Aramis GRIGORIAN 	ARM		18			
35	Milos MILANOVIC 	YUG			18		
R	Panagiotis MARKOUIZOS 	GRE					



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