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Olympic hopes dashed for Meier

Meier finished in 13th place on the sixth and final day of competition Keystone

Swiss figure skater Sarah Meier has failed in her bid to qualify for next month's Winter Olympics.

This content was published on January 19, 2002 - 20:12

Meier finished in 13th place on the sixth and final day of competition at the European figure skating championships in Lausanne. Saturday's free skate result ended all Olympic hopes for the Zurich talent, who would have needed a place in the top ten.

For the fourth consecutive time, Russia managed a triple victory in the women's competition. Maria Butyrskaia, champion for the last two years, took the first place, followed by Irina Slutskaia and Viktoria Volchkova, who won her fourth consecutive bronze medal.

Triple flip

After missing a triple flip during Friday's penultimate stage, the 17-year-old Meier had slipped to 13th place in the standings.

Meier refused to blame her below-par performance on the sprained ankle which put her out of action at the end of last year, although she admitted to a certain rustiness after only returning to her training after Christmas.

The disruption cause to Meier's training as a result of that injury could yet lead the Swiss Olympic association to ease their qualifying demands, but Meier had hoped to avoid that scenario.

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