Figure skating championships: Russian trio dominates short program – Fentz before the 11th freestyle – figure skating – winter sports

The four-time German champion from Berlin reached the freestyle final on Friday (5 p.m.) just as easily in eleventh place as the 19-year-old from Dortmund, who is 14th in the intermediate ranking. At the top, a Russian trio should make the European Championship victory among themselves.

Mosalev, Kondratyuk or Semenenko?

Junior world champion Andrei Mosalev took the lead ahead of Mark Kondratjuk and Yevgeny Semenenko, all competitors are already a long way away from this trio.

Fentz annoys faux pas with the toe loop

For Fentz it was a solid competition – with room for improvement. Despite a fall in the quadruple toe loop, Fentz, who is only allowed to compete in the team competition and not in the individual competition at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in February, looked more solid than he had been for months.

Visibly relieved, the 29-year-old accepted the congratulations from his trainer Romy Oesterreich. “The toe loop was very tight, that annoys me. But the result is okay for me”, said Fentz, who surprised two years ago with an eighth place at the European championships in Graz.

Starostin satisfied with rank 14

Be satisfied with his EM– Starostin was also allowed to premiere. The runner, who was born in St. Petersburg and trains in Antwerp, is a member of the German Ice Skating Union (DEU) as hope for the future. However, he still does not have a German passport – he should receive one by 2026 at the latest, he would then be eligible to start for the DEU at the winter games after next in Milan.

In his own words, Starostin simply enjoyed the moment in the capital of Estonia: “I went on the ice with a smile. I didn’t even think about points and placements. I just wanted to show my qualities and prove that I did a good job.”


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