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Joubert nabs third European skating title

"I did my job. I am back," said Brian Joubert after winning a third European figure skating title. Joubert finished ahead of silver medallist Samuel Contesti of Italy, with Belgium's Kevin Van Der Perren claiming third place.

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AFP - France's Brian Joubert won a third European men's figure skating title here on Thursday to bury the nightmare of his tearful failure at the 2008 championships.

Joubert, with a total points score of 232.01 points, finished ahead of silver medallist Samuel Contesti of Italy (220.92pts) with Belgium's Kevin Van Der Perren (219.30) claiming third place.

It was Joubert's eighth European medal in all with his two previous titles coming in 2004 in Budapest and 2007 in Warsaw.

"All victories are important, but this is all the more important because I have had such a difficult season," said Joubert in front of the 4,500 crowd.

"I did my job. I am back. For me the quadruple jumps are important, it is the future of the sport and I promise that I will do three quadruples at the world championships (in March in Los Angeles).

"At the start of the programme, I was nervous but when I heard the crowd it was fantastic. I will remember this all of my life and I hope to come back to Finland where I have skated for the first time."

Joubert lost out on the European title 12 months ago to the Czech Republic's Tomas Verner when his campaign was badly affected by a debilitating injury.

World number two Joubert finished with a bronze in 2008 just behind Switzerland's Stephane Lambiel, who has now retired.

Going into the 2009 championships, he had suffered difficulties with his skates as well as struggling with a back injury.  

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