Amodio takes surprise lead

Fri, 28 Jan 08:58:00 2011

Former French champion Florent Amodio is the surprise leader after the men’s short programme at the European Figure Skating Championships in Bern, Switzerland.

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The 20-year-old chalked up 78.11 points - a new personal best - to take the lead ahead of Sunday’s free skate, while the Czech Republic’s Michal Brezina, fourth last time out in Tallinn and fourth at last year’s World Championships, is currently second.

Brezina is currently just 1.98 points behind the young Frenchman while in third place is Russia’s 17-year-old Artur Gachinski, 2.37 points off the pace.

There are no Brits taking part in the men’s competition with David Richardson just missing out on a place in the final 28.

But Belgium’s Kevin van der Perre, who is married to Great Britain’s Jenna McCorkell, is in action in Bern and he is currently in fourth place, in with a shout of the third European medal of his career.

Meanwhile, there was disappointment for three-time former champion and ex-world champion Brian Joubert of France, who could only muster a score of 70.44 points - good enough for seventh place.

And Italy’s Samuel Contesti did not fare much better, collecting a score of 72.78, ensuring the 2009 silver medallist is in sixth place.

Last year’s gold medallist and former Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia is absent from the competition in Switzerland.

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