Canada fifth after first day at ISU World Team Trophy

TOKYO – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., produced the second best short dance and Canada stands fifth overall after day one at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

Japan and Russia are tied for top spot with 44 points apiece, the U.S. is third at 43, China is fourth at 32 and Canada follows at 31. Canada won the silver medal in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

In the short dance, Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. were first at 79.05 followed by Weaver and Poje at 76.73 and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia at 68.94. First place in each event is worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on.

Russia picked up big points in the women’s short programs with their skaters placing 1-2. World champion Evgenia Medvedeva earned an 80.85 score and Elena Radionova 72.71. Mai Mihara of Japan followed at 72.10 and Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., the world bronze medallist two weeks ago, ranked fourth at 71.74. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., ranked 10th.

In the men’s short, Shoma Uno of Japan, Nathan Chen of the U.S. and Boyang Jin of China were 1-2-3. Patrick Chan of Toronto was sixth and Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C. 12th.

Competition continues Friday with the pairs short, the free dance and the men’s free skate.

Full results: ISU World Team Trophy 2017

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