Vladimir Kovalev of the Soviet Union won the gold medal in the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Vienna on Thursday night (15 March).
GV Robin Cousins of Britain skating.
GV Crowd applaud.
GV Vladimir Kovalev of the Soviet Union skating. (2 SHOTS)
GV The three winners standing on rostrum. Robin Cousins, Vladimir Kovalev, Jan Hoffman, East Germany.
SPORT: FIGURE SKATING
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Background: Vladimir Kovalev of the Soviet Union won the gold medal in the men's event at the World Figure Skating Championships in Vienna on Thursday night (15 March). Robin Cousins of britain took the silver while Jan Hoffman of East Germany was third. Kovalev regained the crown he took two years ago in Tokyo.
SYNOPSIS: It was showdown time for 21-year-old Robin Cousins on Thursday night (15 March). After finishing third in the European Championships in Zagreb last month behind Vladimir Kovalev of the Soviet Union and Jan Hoffman of East Germany, he vowed he would do better in Vienna. And he did.
The student from Bristol paid for a fall in a jumping figure in the short programme on Wednesday (14 March). He skated with skill and grace and in full harmony with the music to win this free programme event and only narrowly missed the gold medal after performing poorly in the compulsory figures earlier in the week. But in the end he walked away with the silver.
Vladimir Kovalev of the Soviet Union, a 25-year-old soldier, won the Championship despite finishing fourth in the free programme. He won the title on the merit of his performance in the short programme on Wednesday (14 March). His free programme was described as "not spectacular", but it contained no serious errors.
Kovalev's landings were sometimes less than perfectly clean and he put a hand on the ice in the closing seconds of his five-minute programme. But the Soviet skater, the oldest in the competition, seems to have gained in stamina since last year and he can thank his overall steadiness for his gold medal.
Jan Hoffman, who narrowly won the European Championships ahead Kovalev and Cousins in Zagreb last month, finished in third overall.