Frenchman Adam Siao Him Fa crowned European champion

Frenchman Adam Siao Him Fa crowned European champion

Adam Siao Him Fa crowned for the first time in his career. DANIEL MIHAILESCU / AFP

At 21, Adam Siao Him Fa won the European Championships. A first for a Frenchman for 12 years.

Frenchman Adam Siao Him Fa, 21, was crowned European figure skating champion for the first time in his career on Friday in Espoo (Finland).

France had been waiting for a continental title in the men’s category since 2011 and Florent Amodio’s gold. With a total of 267.77 points, he is ahead of the Italian Matteo Rizzo (259.92 pts) and the Swiss Lukas Britschgi (248.01 pts).

All the technical elements of his free program did not go perfectly in the first part of the choreography, but Siao Him Fa, who skated to music by Woodkid, later freed himself. He had a comfortable lead of more than ten points after the short program on Wednesday anyway.

In the absence of the defending champion, the Russian Mark Kondratuik suspended due to the war in Ukraine, the first place seemed more accessible than ever for the native of Bordeaux, 14th at the Olympic Games last year, who answered present on Finnish ice cream.

This European gold medal comes to reward a good season for the Frenchman, crowned in November at the Grand Prix de France in Angers as well as at the French Championships a month later.

The other tricolor engaged, Kevin Aymoz, finished at the foot of the podium (240.92 pts), as in 2019. To the music of the Gladiateur thread, the Frenchman was only able to chain two jump combinations, which earned him to lose a few points.

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