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Rostelecom Cup: KOVTUN SETS NEW EUROPEAN RECORD, MACHIDA SECOND, FERNANDEZ ONLY IN THIRD PLACE.

Despite the absence of Evgeni Plushenko, the Russian audience was not dissapointed by the men’s Short Program in Moscow. The Russian skater Maxim Kovtun won the competition segment with a new european record of 92.53, followed by the Japanese Tatsuki Machida (84.90) and the Spanish European Champion Javier Fernandez (81.87). The 18-year old Kovtun skated a clean program to the music “Flamenco” by Pepe Romero, showing good interpretation skills and musicality. “I am very happy today with my performance, everything I planned worked out. But I still can skate better than that. I am waiting impatiently for each competition and for the off-season to work more on my skating in order to get higher components score. I am still lacking in this area”. Tatsuki Machida instead was not satisfied with the second place; he stepped out of a quadruple toeloop/triple toeloop combination. “I am not in the best condition right now” – he revelead to the press. Quite surprisingly, Javier Fernandez was only in third place after the Short Program. Brian Orser’s pupil fell on the quadruple salchow and doubled the toeloop jump in the lutz/toeloop combination. “My short program wasn’t the best one today. I am having some little problems with the quad and I keep working to fix them. I have been doing quads well in practice and warm up, but I have a little problem in the pattern. I have to keep my mind clear for warm up and competition to pull out a better program”.

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