Eurofigure: Corti, Ghilardi-Ambosini fourth, Grassl fifth. Russian bosses

The continental review has begun in Tallinn: a lot of blue behind the hat-tricks of the specialists from Moscow and St. Petersburg. Far podium for Rebecca and Filippo, 7.29 points for Daniel

The European Championships in Tallinn begin in the name of Russia, with two races with very high technical content. Also in the short of the artistic couples, as already in the men’s one that opened the Estonian review, she is a hat-trick. And the women are still missing (Thursday the first part of the race), dominators in the Old Continent as in the world.

World record

It is no coincidence that the Russian tandems, at the Beijing Olympics next month, will all be vying for a medal. At the Tondiraba Ice Hall, in the meantime, on Thursday evening we will skate for those of this review. The reigning world champions Anastasia Mishina-Aleksandr Galliamov (82.36, world record improved by 2/100), the “veterans” Evgenia Tarasova-Vladimir Morozov (81.58) and the defending champions Aleksandra Boikova-Dmitrii-Kozlovskii (76.26, the priamto belonged to them), surpassing themselves in giving emotions, they look at everyone else from top to bottom. The free will be a challenge (even between schools) to the last jump.

Rebecca-Filippo exploit

In an even quantitatively important context (21 couples competing as only in Helsinki 2009 in a review that celebrated its first edition in the specialty in 1930), Rebecca Ghilardi-Filippo Ambrosini surpasses each other. The IceLab tandem, despite a fall on the triple flip launched which costs 4-5 points, occupies a sparkling fourth place. The students of Franca Bianconi and Rosy Murante, at their fourth experience in the event after the 11th place in Ostrava 2017, the 9th in Minsk 2019 and the 8th in Graz 2020, are almost perfect on all the other elements of the program and , making the most of various absences, on the nights of “Mambo Italiano”, they find their definitive international consecration (62.76). In the free, without looking at the top, far away, they will have to aim to maintain the position: behind them, in just over two points, there are four aggressive couples. Including Laura Barquero-Marco Zandron, Italian-Spanish flying the Hispanic flag and based in Bergamo, eighth with 60.65. Good tenths for the rookies (also from IceLab) Sara Conti-Niccolo Macii (56.28).

The men

In view of Friday’s “final”, less than a point separates Andrei Mozalev (99.76) from Mark Kondratiuk (99.06) and Evgeni Semenenko (99.04), all 18 years old. And to think that Mozalev, junior world champion in office, a pupil of Kirill Davydenko in St. Petersburg, learned that he would participate no earlier than Sunday, when Mikhail Kolyada, probably the most accredited of the group, raised the white flag, officially due to an injury suffered in work out.

Go Daniel

Italy, with the Georgian Morisi Kvitelashvili fourth (92.76), can cultivate hopes for a medal: Daniel Grassl, in fact, is fifth (91.75), 7.29 points from the virtual podium. It is a large gap, but not very wide, considering the amount of elements to be presented in the second part of the race. The South Tyrolean trained by Lorenzo Magri, who in Graz 2020 (last edition of the event disputed) missed the bronze by 1.82 points in favor of the Georgian, in the first one is missing a second quadruple (the one in combination), which vice versa present all those who they precede him in the standings. The 19-year-old policeman, in order to be up to it, in addition to avoiding a couple of smears, would have had to take risks that he never took in the race. And not even, on this occasion, in the six minutes of warm-up … Meanwhile, in an area inevitably conditioned by the Covid pandemic (today, among the Tallinn tested, there are six cases of positivity) and with Matteo Rizzo on the post for a skates problem, Gabriele Frangipani (Fiamme Oro) do well, 9th with 81.79 (he was 13th two years ago) and 18 year old rookie Nikolaj Memola (IceLab), 12th with 73.98. Both will be skating in the second group on Friday.

The others

The women will enter the scene on Thursday, with Lara Gutmann and Marina Piredda (with another possible Russian hat-trick in sight). Friday will finally be the dance couples, with Charlene Guignard-Marco Fabbri looking for a medal (plus Carolina Moscheni-Francesco Fioretti).

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Eurofigure: Corti, Ghilardi-Ambosini fourth, Grassl fifth. Russian bosses