TAIPEI CITY – Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Strathroy, Ont., climbed to fifth place in pairs on Friday for Canada’s best result so far at the ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships.

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia didn’t win either the short or long programs but emerged with the gold medal with 163.98 points. Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia, first after the short, were second at 161.93 and Yumeng Gao and Zhong Xie of China third at 161.09.

Walsh and Michaud improved their personal best score to 150.74.

Lori-Ann Matte and Thierry Ferland of Lévis, Que., were ninth.

In women’s competition, Alina Zagitova of Russia is first after the short program with Marin Honda of Japan second and her compatriot Kaori Sakamoto third.

Sarah Tamura of Burnaby, B.C., is 19th in her second career appearance at the world juniors.Competition ends Saturday with the free dance and women’s free skate.

Full results: ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championships 2017