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Day 2: European Figure Skating Championships

Day two of the European Figure Skating Championships saw Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes achieve a new season best and Phillip Harris beat his 2015 overall score.

The second day of competition began with Short Dance, with Buckland and Coomes returning to the European stage to represent Great Britain. A positive skate saw them score a total of 64.26, beating their current Short Dance season best of 62.70. Click here to watch their Short Dance performance.

Within their category tough competition comes from returning European silver medallists Anna Cappellini & Luca Lanotte (ITA) and defending champions Gabriella Papadakis & Guillaume Cizeron (FRA).

Accompanying Buckland and Coomes in Bratislava is Olympic Champion, Robin Cousins. Now working as High Performance Manager for the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) Robin said;

“Nick and Penny performed well and confidently yesterday. They share the same total points with two other teams and are fired up to fight for a higher overall place after the Free Dance tomorrow.”

Buckland and Coomes are currently placed in eighth position and will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon to perform their Free Dance. 

Elsewhere, Phillip Harris achieved a total segment score of 117.06 after completing his Free Skate. Combined with his Short Program score of 63.93 this gave him an overall result of 180.99, points ahead of his 2015 European Championship score of 173.67. 

In his category, Spain’s Javier Fernandez was crowned European Champion for a fourth consecutive year with an overall score of 302.77.

The time schedule and all the latest results are available on the official ISU European Figure Skating Championships website

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Published 29th January 2016