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Carolina Kostner takes European lead

Updated: January 27, 2012, 7:12 PM ET
Associated Press

SHEFFIELD, England -- Carolina Kostner halted the Russian march at the European figure skating championships on Friday by grabbing a narrow lead in the women's competition in her bid to capture a fourth continental gold.

The 24-year-old Italian justified her tag as favorite by scoring 63.22 points in a graceful routine set to Dmitri Shostakovich's "Allegretto."

Kiira Korpi of Finland was second,with 61.80 heading into Saturday's free skate as Russia was bumped down the leaderboard ...

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