Gibson and Fear ranked sixth after rhythm dance in European Figure Skating Championships

Lewis Gibson and Lilah Fear are set to enter the free dance of the European Figure Skating Championships in seventh position after a successful skate in the rhythm dance programme.

Lewis Gibson and Lilah Fear, pictured here earlier in the season at the Nebelhorn Trophy, are going into the free dance in sixth place.

Gibson, from Prestwick and Fear, who train in Montreal, scored 74.26 in the rhythm dance at the competition in Graz, Austria, just short of their season's personal best.

Reigning champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron from France placed first after the rhythm dance, followed closely by Russia's Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov,. The French pair edged the lead by just 0.05 points, creating an exciting free skate on Friday.

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Gibson told The Scotsman: "We're very happy with our skate and looking forward to the free dance tomorrow."

In yesterday's pairs competition, Britain's Zoe Jones and Christopher Boyadji placed 11th, qualifying for the free skate.

Sheffield's PJ Hallam did not qualify for the mens' free skate after the short programme on Wednesday.