Russia's Plushenko easily wins European figures

Updated: January 21, 2010, 4:30 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLINN, Estonia -- Evgeni Plushenko of Russia has won the European Figure Skating Championships, his last major test before going for a second straight Olympic gold medal next month.

Plushenko's free skate Thursday to tango music was a characteristic combination of technical precision, artistic elegance and a touch of cockiness.

Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland, the silver medalist at the 2006 Games, rallied to take second. Brian Joubert of France, last year's champion, won the bronze.

Earlier, Russian ice dancers Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin held their lead after an unusual original dance to Australian Aboriginal music.

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