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Delobel, Schoenfelder hold on to win European ice dancing title

Delobel, Schoenfelder hold on to win European ice dancing title

Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder held on to capture the ice dancing title by less than a half-point on Friday, giving France its second gold medal at the European Figure Skating Championships.
Delobel and Schoenfelder won the compulsory and original portions of the competition, but held only a 1.51 point lead over Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia entering the free dance.
The Russians scored 100.39 to the French couple's 99.19 in the free skate, but the difference was not enough to claim the title.
Delobel and Schoenfelder finished with 199.47 points, just ahead of Domnina's and Shabalin's 199.16. World champions Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski of Bulgaria were third with 103.73.
Dressed in black with silver trim, Delobel and Schoenfelder skated a quick-paced program full of intricate steps, spins and rotations to "Bonnie and Clyde."
Schoenfelder pumped his fists and both skaters kneeled on the ice gasping for breath after their program. But they had to wait for Domnina and Shabalin to skate before being assured of first place.
And with their dramatic skate to Alexander Borodin's "Polovetsian Dances," Domnina and Shabalin almost managed to keep the European title in Russian hands for the fifth consecutive year.


Updated : 2021-04-14 13:08 GMT+08:00