Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia lead after the short dance portion of ice dance at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.

Another Russian pair, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, are in second place, followed by Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy.

Defending champions Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France are not competing because of injuries.

In the short dance, competitors have two minutes 50 seconds to perform required moves to a given music.

Bobrova and Soloviev lead with a score of 69.42. Ilinykh and Katsalapov have 68.98 points, while the Italian pair has 66.53.