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Slutskaya poised to win record 7th European title

Updated: January 19, 2006, 8:02 AM ET
Associated Press

LYON, France -- Irina Slutskaya captured the short program Wednesday, putting the Russian in position to win and overtake Katarina Witt and Sonia Henie with her seventh title at the European Championships.

Slutskaya skated early but her score of 66.04 points held up for nearly five hours. Russia's Elena Sokolova was second at 60.88, followed by Switzerland's Sarah Meier at 60.87.

The long program is Thursday. If Slutskaya wins, she will break the European record she shares ...

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