Fernandez takes lead at 2014 European Champs

Javier Fernandez, Sergei Voronov and Tomas Ferner at 2014 European championships

Reigning European champion Javier Fernandez of Spain produced a personal-best short program to storm into lead at the European figure skating championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Fernandez landed a high-scoring quadruple Salchow and skated a clean program for a score of 91.56, a sign he is capable of fighting for the top positions at next month’s Sochi Olympics.

Spanish skater goes into Saturday’s free skate with a six-point lead over Russia’s Sergei Voronov, whose score of 85.51 was the highest of his career. Third is held by Czech Tomas Verner on 83.51.

Sergei Voronov is glad that he managed to cope with all emotions.

“I really try to go ahead with small steps and do everything I can. I think today I skated pretty good my short program.” Russian skater told Team-Russia 2014.

“I especially want to get pleasure from my skating. And the pleasure you can get when you skate clean.” he added.

Photo: Federación Española Deportes de Hielo

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