Berezhnaya, Sikharulidze Win Pairs
Feb. 09, 2000
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - Yelena Berezhnaya and Anton Sikharulidze rallied to win the pairs title at the European Figure Skating Wednesday, continuing Russia's reign in the event.
Maria Petrova and Alexei Tikhonov, leading after the short program, were second after a major error on the opening jump cost them.
Third went to Poland's Dorota Zagorska and Mariusz Siudek.
With a lyrical routine to Tchaikovsky's ``Sentimental Waltz'', Berehznaya and Sikharulidze won their second European title to go along with two world championships. Only a scaled-down jump marred an otherwise soft routine that earned 5.9s across the board for artistic impression.
Petrova cut short a planned triple jump in the opening seconds of their routine..
Petrova and Tikhonov won the championship last year, vaulting from fifth when Berezhnaya became ill and had to withdraw from the event.
It was the 33rd time in the last 36 years that a Soviet or Russian pair won the event.