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Jenna McCorkell disappoints in European Championships

Jenna McCorkell
Jenna McCorkell is a seven-times British Championship winner

Jenna McCorkell's hopes of achieving her best ever European Championship finish evaporated after a disappointing free programme in Tallinn on Saturday.

McCorkell was 11th after producing a personal best short programme on Friday but she struggled on Saturday and finished in 14th place.

The Coleraine woman's previous best finish at the Europeans was eighth in 2008 and she was ninth last year.

McCorkell had a virus this week and was not at her best on Saturday.

It was later stated that McCorkell had skated "against doctor's advice" after having to take three courses of antibiotics after Christmas.

"Jenna finally succumbed to the viral relapse that had worked on her prior to the short programme," said McCorkell's spokeswoman Karin McBride.

"The demanding programme just proved too much for her and her energy just went towards the end."

McCorkell will now take a rest in an attempt to regain fitness ahead of the Winter Olympics next month.

The Northern Irishwoman was unable to complete a triple lutz early on in Saturday's programme and under-rotated on a couple of her subsequent jumps.

A fluffed triple toe-loop saw her putting a hand on the ice and she also missed an attempt double axel.

BBC ice skating commentator Robin Cousins felt the 23-year-old's performance was "tentative".

"She was landing all the jumps in the warm-up and I thought she was set for a good performance today," added the 1980 Olympic gold medallist.

McCorkell's score of 74.26 was well down on his season's best of 93.76.

Italy's Carolina Kostner won her third European title ahead of Laura Lepisto of Finland with Elene Gedevanishvili of Georgia.

Kostner previously won the title 2007 and 2008.

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McCorkell takes bronze in Germany
06 Dec 09 |  Winter Sports
McCorkell clinches British title
28 Nov 09 |  Winter Sports
Jenna gears up for Olympics
16 Nov 09 |  Vancouver 2010
McCorkell makes Winter Olympics
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