ISU European Figure Skating Championships opens in Estonia

ISU European Figure Skating Championships opens in Estonia
ISU European Figure Skating Championships opens in Estonia
ISU European Figure Skating Championships opens in Estonia

TALLINN, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) — TALLINN, Estonia (Xinhua) — The world champions Anastasia Mishina/Aleksandr Galliamov and Andrei Mozalev of Russia took the lead in the pairs and men’s short programs, respectively, on the first day of the International Skating Union (ISU) European Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday.

Mozalev, a last-minute replacement for compatriot Mikhail Kolyada, who withdrew due to injury, won the men’s short program with 99.76 points at Tondiraba Ice Hall in the Estonian capital, followed by compatriots Mark Kondratiuk and Evgeni Semenenko in second and third, respectively.

Morisi Kvitelashvili, the reigning European bronze medalist, finished fourth with 92.76 points, followed by Daniel Grassl of Italy in fifth place with 91.75 points and Deniss Vasiljevs of Latvia in sixth place with 90.24 points.

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Thirty-three male athletes skated in the short programme, with the best 24 moving on to the free skate event on Friday.

Russia’s incumbent World Champions Mishina/Galliamov won the pairs short programme with 82.36 points, beating out colleagues Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov and two-time European Champions Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitri Kozlovskii.

The short programme featured twenty-one pairs, with the best 16 advancing to the free skate on Thursday.

From January 12 to 16, the European Figure Skating Championships 2022 will host eight categories in singles, couples, and ice dance.

For the second time since 2010, Tallinn will host the ISU European Figure Skating Championships. The ISU European Championships are back after being postponed due to COVID-19 in 2021.

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