Viktor Petrenko of the Soviet Union retained the men's title in the European Figure Skating Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. Surya Bonaly of France took the women's championship, and the Soviet winners in dance and pairs came from behind to win in the final portion.
Petrenko led all the way with an artistic and jumping display. His victory will make him a prime challenger to Canadian Kurt Browning at the world championships in Munich in March.
But Alexei Urmanov of the Soviet Union probably showed where the future of the sport lies. At 17 he became the second skater to land a quadruple jump in competition.
Bonaly, also flirting with quadruple jumps, used five triple jumps in beating Germany's Evelyn Grossmann, the 1990 winner.
Bonaly was 11th in the compulsory figures last year and wound up fourth. Now, she appears to be the successor to Katarina Witt.
"When I saw Urmanov do a quadruple jump, it inspired me," Bonaly said. "It made me want to do it."
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