Tarasova and Morozov win gold at European championships

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov won gold in the pairs competition at the European championships on Thursday for their first continental title.

Leading after the short program by more than six points, the Russians performed to ''Music'' by John Miles in the second best free skate. Without visible flaws, it was enough to win overall.

After winning the Grand Prix Final for the first time in December, Tarasova and Morozov continued in their best season for a total of 227.58 points.

They outclassed by more than five points last year's European silver medalists, Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot of Germany, who performed the best free skate despite a fall on a throw triple flip.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France finished third for their first podium.