Friday, January 25, 2008

Verner Captures European Skating Title

The Czech Republic's Thomas Verner, skating to the theme of Oscar-winning epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" captured the European title on Thursday delivering a shattering blow to world champion Brian Joubert.

Verner, the silver medallist in 2006, went one better this time round, pushing double world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland into second place with Frenchman Joubert, whose season has been dogged by injury and illness, settling for a tearful third.

Verner achieved a mark of 153.64, his best of the season, after pulling off a quadruple toe-loop and seven triples.

Already leading after the short programme, Verner finished with a competition total mark of 232.67 points.

"I am really happy to have won my first title," said the Czech skater. "It wasn't my best programme but I put all of my heart into it and the judges felt that."

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