Gabrielle Daleman fourth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

TALLINN, Estonia – Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., came within less than five points of a second medal on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit on Saturday placing fourth in women’s competition.

Serafima Sakhanovich led Russia to a 1-2 finish with with 164.48 points.  Elizaveta Iushenko was second at 159.86 and Miyabi Oba of Japan third at 152.13.  Daleman, fifth after the short, scored 147.89.

“I got my two combos in so that was good,” said Daleman, 15, third at last month’s junior Grand Prix in Poland and sixth at the world junior championships last season.  “All my jumps weren’t there but I kept fighting and I was happy about that.”

Larkyn Austman of Coquitlam, B.C., was eighth in her international debut.

“It was a great experience, a lot better than I anticipated,” said Austman, 15. “I felt very well prepared for the competition so the nerves of competing for the first time internationally was not an issue. I wish I could have skated better but it was good for me to do this.”

In ice dancing, Anna Yanovskaya and Sergey Mozgov of Russia won the gold medal.  First-year partners Brianna Delmaestro of Port Moody, B.C., and Timothy Lum of Burnaby, B.C., were fifth while Katie Desveaux of Toronto and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., were seventh in their international debut.

“We were very happy with our performance,” said Delmaestro.  “We improved many elements over our Grand Prix performance in Poland earlier this year.  We’re now going to prepare for nationals with a lot of confidence.”

Louis Daignault

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