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Meier secures Olympic spot

A strong performance in the short programme helped Meier clinch an Olympic place


Swiss figure skater Patrick Meier has made sure of a place at the 2002 Winter Olympics after finishing 16th in the men's singles at the world championships in Vancouver.

Having finished the short programme in 13th place, Meier fell back slightly during the free skating section. Opting for a relatively simple routine, the law student from Winterthur dropped marks after executing an imperfect triple axel.

Nevertheless Meier had plenty of reason to be happy with this week's overall performance, which earned him his best ever finish in eight world championship appearances.

The men's gold medal went to Russia's Evgeni Plushenko who dominated the competition with wins in all three segments. Three-time winner and defending champion Alexei Yagudin took silver to ensure a Russian one-two, while America's Todd Eldredge grabbed the bronze.

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