BRATISLAVA, Slovakia– Canadians Lubov Ilyushechkina and Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto placed fourth in pairs on Friday at the Ondrej Nepela figure skating competition, the third stop on the ISU Challenger Series.
Russia swept the medals with Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov winning gold at 190.28, Kristina Astakhova and Alexei Rogonov silver at 185.00 and Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov third at 184.25.
Ilyushechkina and Moscovitch, in their second season together, totalled 169.04 ranking fourth in both the short and long programs.
Canada is in the medal hunt in the three other events.
In ice dancing, Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto sit in third spot after the short dance with 62.56 points. Sixth at the world championships last winter, the Canadians are less than a point from top spot. Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the U.S. are first at 63.24 and Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Britain second at 62.70.
The women’s competition is also very close after the short program. 2014 Olympian Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., is fourth at 60.76 but less than three points from first place held by Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia at 62.72. Riona Kato of Japan is second at 61.84 and Maria Artemieva of Russia third at 61.21.
Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., is also fourth in men’s competition after the short program at 73.16. Mikhail Kolyada of Russia leads at 84.33, Jason Brown of the U.S. is second at 76.98 and Gordei Gorshkov of Russia third at 76.25.
The free skates in ice dancing, men and women are all on Saturday.