TOKYO – Second place finishes in the pairs short program and free dance wasn’t enough to lift Canada in the standings on Friday at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.
Canada, the Olympic silver medallists, remains fourth with 63 points with one day of competition remaining. The U.S. leads with 83 points, Japan is second at 79 and Russia third at 77.
In the free dance, world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were first edging Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., by under two points. The Canadians won the short dance on Thursday.
For each event the winning country gets 12 points, second place 11 points and so on. The top six-ranked countries in the world are battling for the world team crown.
In the pairs short program, Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China were first ahead of world champions Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., in second.
The men’s free skate was won by Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan with Nam Nguyen of Toronto seventh and Jeremy Ten of Vancouver ninth.
Competition ends Saturday with the free skates for pairs and women.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wtt2015/