Canadians in medal hunt at Cup of China

SHANGHAI – Canadians are in the medal hunt in all four events after Friday’s short programs at the Cup of China figure skating competition, the third stop on the ISU figure skating circuit.

In women’s competition, Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket stands fourth after the short with 58.49 points just behind Kanako Murakami of Japan in third at 60.44.  Russians are 1-2 with Julia Lipnitskaia first and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva second.

It is the 16-year-old Daleman’s debut on the senior Grand Prix circuit.

In men’s competition, Nam Nguyen of Toronto stands sixth after the short less than seven points from third place.  Maxim Kovtun of Russia, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Han Yan of China are 1-2-3.

Nguyen, 16, is the reigning world junior champion and won bronze two weeks ago in his senior Grand Prix debut at Skate America.

“Overall it was a good skate,” said Nguyen, 16.  “I felt comfortable out there today having now gone through the process at a senior Grand Prix.  You definitely have to earn your levels here and I feel I can do even better in the long.”

In ice dancing, Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, Ont.,and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., are less than six points from the podium after ranking fifth in the short dance and the pairs team of Natasha Purich of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Andrew Wolfe of Calgary are less than a point from third in pairs at fifth spot.

All four free skates are on Saturday

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