Spain’s Javier Fernandez skates to fifth straight European title

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SPANISH figure skater Javier Fernandez confirmed his dominance in the sport by taking gold at the European Figure Skating Championships in Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

He beat Russian Maxim Kovtun by 28 points, despite a fall, followed by another Russian Mikhail Kolyada in bronze spot.

“I thought I was going to land the jump, but my skate stopped in the ice,” Fernandez explained.

“My body was twisted. Half of my body went one way, the other half the other way. I hurt this (right) side of my hip and my rib. It is skating, sometimes you hurt yourself, and sometimes you don’t. It was one of my worst falls in competition I ever had, but I am still in one piece.”

“It was definitely not the best free skate of the season,” he admitted.

“I am just a normal skater, not a machine. I do not consider myself a showman, I would rather say entertainer. I enjoy when people like what I do. The fans were very supportive in Ostrava.”

This season, it seems that there is no one who can challenge Fernandez in Europe, who became the first skater since Slovak Ondrej Nepela to win five consecutive European titles back in 1969-1974.

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