Javier Fernández bows out with seventh European title in a row

With his medal.
With his medal. / REUTERS
  • The two-time world champion figure skater says he needs to busy himself with "other things"

Spanish figure skater Javier Fernández drew a line under his career with victory in the European Championships in Minsk on Saturday.

With 271.59 points, Fernández finished ahead of Samarin (Russia) and Rizzo (Italy). This was the 27-year-old's seventh consecutive victory in the tournament.

The two-time world champion (2015 and 2016) and bronze medallist at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games announced at a special event on Monday, attended by friends, family and sporting authorities that this would be his farewell.

"I am convinced that I won't come back [to competitive sport] because when I set myself a target I do everything to try and achieve it," he said.

The reason, he said, was that he needed to busy himself with "other things". "I am going to continue doing shows, giving classes to children and I'll still be at all of the competitions, even if I won't be competing," said Fernández before thanking all those who helped him throughout his career.