Minsk (AFP) - Spanish skating star Javier Fernandez crowned a remarkable career on Saturday as he claimed a seventh consecutive European title after winning the men's free skating.
The 27-year-old received 179.75 points for his routine to "Man of La Mancha" by Mitch Leigh and collect 271.59 points overall.
With that win, the 2018 Olympic bronze medallist and two-time world champion, who announced his decision to hang up his skates after the European championships in Minsk, equalled the record of Russia's skating icon Evgeni Plushenko.
"It was really difficult to compete after such a long break since the Olympics," Fernandez told the packed 15,000-seat Minsk arena. "It was quite complicated.
"And knowing that it is my final career competition, it was really hard to win here."
Russia's Alexander Samarin, who was second after the short programme, kept his position finishing just 1.75 points behind the Spaniard with a solid presentation of his free routine to "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack.
Matteo Rizzo of Italy was third on 247.08 points.
In the ice dancing, the French stars Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, leaders after the rhythm dance section, maintained their advantage in the free dance with an almost flawless execution to a medley of "Duet" and "Sunday Afternoon" by Rachael Yamagata.
The three-time world champions received a new personal best 133.19-point mark for the routine to break their own world record for highest overall score of 217.98 points as they added a fifth European crown to their trophy cabinet.
Russian pair Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin, who were third at last year's European championships, finished second 11.57 points adrift, while the Italians Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri were third on 199.84 points.