DEBRECEN, Hungary – Justine Brasseur of Brossard, Que., and Mathieu Ostiguy of Granby, Que., climbed to seventh place in pairs on Thursday at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.
Anna Duskova and Martin Bidar of the Czech Republic won the gold medal with Anastasia Mishina and Vladislav Mirzoev of Russia second and Ekaterina Borisova and Dmitry Sopot third.
Brasseur and Ostiguy were ninth after Wednesday’s short program but produced the seventh best free skate to gain two spots in the standings. Bryn Hoffman and Bryce Chudak of Calgary were eighth.
Hope McLean of Newbury, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., 13th after the short, withdrew due to injury.
In ice dancing, Canadian couples are ninth, 10th and 11th after Thursday’s short dance. Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons of the U.S. are first and their compatriots Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter are second.
Canadian junior champions Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., are ninth, Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal 10th and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield, Que., are 11th.
“We are happy with what we accomplished today,” said Bent. “It was a really good skate and the performance side of it was done really well. This is our first year together and we’ve made a lot of progress.”
Competition continues Friday with the men’s free skate and women’s short program. Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand Que., is eighth after the men’s short on Wednesday less than five points from third.