MEXICO CITY – Fifteen-year-old Nam Nguyen of Toronto set a personal best score en route to a fourth place finish in men’s competition on Friday at the second stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Nathan Chen of the U.S. took the gold with 218.62 points, Ryuju Hino of Japan was second at 199.64 and Daniel Samohin of Israel was third at 182.89.
Nguyen, a two time Junior Grand Prix medallist, followed closely at 181.04 setting personal bests for both his overall and short program program scores. He has kept the same programs as last season.
‘’They are programs I feel comfortable with and I know I can improve them,’’ said Nguyen who is coached by Brian Orser. ‘’My goal this year is to make the Junior Grand Prix final and I know I can do a lot better at my next event.’’
Nguyen fell on his first triple flip but recovered nicely to land seven jumps in his long program skated to music by Bach.
The short program was held in women’s singles and Julianne Seguin of Longueuil, Que., stands third and Sandrine Martin of Boucherville, Que., is 11th.
Seguin wasn’t sure she would compete after experiencing stomach issues which made her dizzy and forced her to miss morning practice. However she recovered in the afternoon and landed a triple Lutz and double and triple toe loops to finish with a personal best 50.98 score.
In Thursday’s ice dancing short program, Madeline Edwards of Port Moody, B.C., and ZhaoKai Pang of Burnaby, B.C., are in second place.
The women’s free skate and the free dance are on Saturday.