Euro figure skating - Dream start for Loena Hendrickx, second after the short program

Loena Hendrickx takes second place after the short program of the European Figure Skating Championships on Thursday in Tallinn, Estonia. The jury awarded the score of 76.25 points, a record for the 22-year-old Antwerp. She is only preceded by the Russian Kamila Valieva, favorite for the continental title and who has already taken a big step in her conquest of gold with a score of 90.45 points, a new world record.

Hendrickx, 5th in Euro 2018 and 5th in the last Worlds, performed a flawless program on the ice of Tondiraba Ice Hall, where she was the last to shine on Thursday. Under the notes of Caruso by Lucio Dalla, sung by Lara Fabian, she broke her previous record in a short program, achieved in November at the Italian Grand Prix (73.52) where she took 3rd place in the final. This performance bodes well for the Belgian with almost three weeks before the Beijing Olympics.

Valieva, only 15 years old and undefeated this season, outclassed the competition with her score of 90.45 points after an impeccable performance. Better than his 87.42 points obtained at the Russian Grand Prix at the end of November.

Valieva, crowned the world junior champion in 2020, also captured the world records in the free skate (185.29) and the total score (272.21) this season.

Two 17-year-old Russians are ambushed behind Hendrickx: Alexandra Trusova (75,13) and the world champion Anna Shcherbakova (69.05). The two fell on Thursday during their short program. The free program is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Jorik Hendrickx, brother and trainer of Loena, will have two foals in the free programs. Indeed, it also frames the German Nikia Starostin, 14th in the short program on Wednesday evening for men and therefore qualified for the free program on Friday.

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