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Javier Fernandez wins 5th straight gold at European champs

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Javier Fernandez won his fifth straight European figure skating championship even with a fall on Saturday.

Holding an almost 10-point lead after the short program, the Spaniard opened the free skate with a perfect quad toe loop, but landed a quad salchow shakily, and fell in an attempt to nail another quad salchow.

Fernandez still outclassed second-place Maxim Kovtun by more than 28 points.

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