Dresden / Germany

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Vladislav Bykanov (ISR) won the men’s 3000m superfinal at the ISU European Short Track Speed Skating 2018 in Dresden – and in the process secured the silver medal in the overall classification.

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He broke away with French duo Thibaut Fauconnet and Sébastien Lepape, lapping the field, before winning a tight sprint between the three.

“I’m so pleased, it’s my best ever performance in a European Championships,” he said. 

“I love skating in Dresden, it’s amazing. I’m a heavy guy and the ice suits me here because it’s got very good grip. When the ice is soft, I break away too easily.

“Tactically, I had to win the race to finish on the overall podium, and keep Semion Elistratov (RUS) out of the top three to do that. So it was perfect that I went away with the two French guys. 

“I feel great and I am in my best shape ever going into the Olympics.”

Fauconnet took silver and Lepape the bronze.