Jon Super, Associated Press
Russia's Evgeni Plushenko celebrates after performing in the Men's Free Skating program competition at the European Figure Skating Championships in Sheffield, England, Saturday Jan. 28, 2012.

SHEFFIELD, England — Russian great Evgeni Plushenko produced a career-best performance on Saturday to beat protege Artur Gachinski and win his seventh men's European figure skating title.

The 2006 Olympic champion compiled a compelling routine to "Tange de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge to score a personal-best 176.52 points in the free skate for a total of 261.23 — the 29-year-old's highest ever overall mark.

The 18-year-old Gachinski led his mentor and training partner by 0.09 points after the short program but finished 14.96 points behind in second. Gachinski scored 161.47 in his free skate to total 246.27.

Defending champion Florent Amodio of France took the bronze with an overall score of 234.18.