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Evgeni Plushenko out of Europeans

Updated: January 24, 2013, 2:48 PM ET
Associated Press

ZAGREB, Croatia -- Russian star Evgeni Plushenko fell in the short program Thursday and dropped out of the European figure skating championships with a back problem as Florent Amodio of France took the lead in the men's competition.

Plushenko fell while trying to execute a triple axel and placed sixth before deciding to drop out of Saturday's free skate.

Plushenko aggravated a chronic back condition, according to the organizers.

"You can't fight with opponents and with pain," ...

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