Four times European champion Javier Fernandez from Spain gained not so current leading by ten points in short program. His dream to reach fifth title in a row is more real now and if he will not make some fatal mistake in Free skate, nobody else can take gold medal. Second Russian Maxim Kovtun also showed great performance, but it was not enough on phenomenal Fernandez. “Finally, everything just worked out today as I planned. All the recent changes paid off very well. I think it was worth putting the main focus on the mental preparation rather on the physical operation. I am really pleased that I got highest level on all the elements, I do not think I have ever gotten that before. Tomorrow is a new and very important day and I hope I can finish on medal position,” said Kovtun.
Absolute leader was naturally satisfied too. “This was the first clean short program of the season. Half of the work is done. I just have to stay focused for tomorrow. It’s a longer program, a very hard program with a lot more elements. I saw Maxim Kovtun’s score, he got 94 points, so he probably skated clean. But I’ve seen skaters that were 10 points ahead and then not first after the free program.”
Whilst the position of this duo is clear, the battle for bronze medal offers interesting show. There is only 3 points difference from third to fifth place, also Czech Michal Březina can think about final medal’s standing with 8 points loss. “I will do everything to go higher in Free skate. It will be another day, another competition. I don’t want to think about the fact I made a mistake in short program,” said Michal Březina after his eight place in short program.
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Foto Pavel Lebeda (sport-pics.cz) a Adolf Horsinka