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Russians lead pairs, ice dance at Euro

RUSSIANS Maria Mukhortova and Maxim Trankov took the lead in the pairs short program on Tuesday with 69.62 points to edge German world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy.

Mukhurtova and Trankov, runners-up behind Savchenko and Szolkowy at the European championships last year, turned in a fine performance to Pink Floyd's "Nobody Home" in Helsinki, Finland.

"This is the second time we beat them in the short program, but it's not about beating Aliona and Robin, it's about competing with ourselves and doing our best," Trankov told reporters.

Savchenko and Szolkowy scored 66.64 points to Bruce Broughton's "Lost in Space" soundtrack after Szolkowy fell on an early triple toe loop.

"The whole program I had the mistake in my head," Szolkowy said. "It hurt and it will be even more sore tomorrow. I don't really know what happened, because I did two perfect clean ones (triple toe loops) during the warmup."

Savchenko and Szolkowy swept all of the major titles last season, winning the Grand Prix final, Europeans and the world championships, and were expected to cruise to another European crown.

Russian pair Yuko Kawaguchi and Alexander Smirnov lies third on 65.38 points.

Earlier, Russians Jana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitski led in the ice dance.

The pair, bronze medalists at the previous Euro, scored 37.43 points in the compulsory Finnstep routine ahead of Italian pair Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali.

The Italians managed 36.03 points, followed by British siblings Sinead and John Kerr who scored 34.89 points.

Defending champions Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin of Russia are only fifth going into today's original dance. The Russian pair managed 33.53 points after a rare fall by Shabalin during the routine. "It was just a mistake, I can't say what happened. It's still a mystery," Shabalin said about his fall.

Falls are rare in the ice dancing event.

Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat were fourth with 34.38, defending France's colors in the absence of Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder. The world and Euro champions are not competing because of Delobel's recent shoulder operation.

The men's short program was yesterday, with defending champion Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic and 2007 world champion Brian Joubert of France the favorites.


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