Canadian ice dancers crack top-10 at world juniors

DEBRECEN, Hungary – First-year partners Mackenzie Bent of Uxbridge, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., finished ninth in ice dancing on Saturday to conclude the ISU World Junior Championships in figure skating.

American couples were 1-2 with Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter earning the gold and Rachel Parsons and Michael Parsons the silver. Alla Loboda and Pavel Drozd of Russia prevented an American medal sweep with the bronze.

Bent and Razgulajevs ranked ninth in both programs. They enjoyed a successful season including gold at the Canadian Junior Championships in January and a silver at an ISU Junior Grand Prix event this past fall.

Melinda Meng and Andrew Meng of Montreal were 12th and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of Greenfield Park, Que., were 13th.

In women’s competition, Marin Honda led Japan to three of the top four finishes with gold. Maria Sotskova of Russia won the silver and Wakaba Higuchi was third.

Canadian junior champion Sarah Tamura of Burnaby, B.C., climbed from 16th after the short program to 13th overall.

Canada ends the competition with one silver medal earned by Nicolas Nadeau of Boisbriand, Que., in men’s competition on Friday.

Information: 2016 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships

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