TOKYO – Canadian skaters delivered strong season ending performances on Saturday to conclude the ISU World Team Team Trophy figure skating competition in fourth place.
Japan won the gold medal with 109 points followed by Russia at 105 and the U.S. at 97. Canada earned 87 points, China was fifth at 80 and France sixth at 62.
There were two events contested on the final day of skating. Canada, the Olympic silver medallists in Sochi, were fifth after day one on Thursday and climbed to fourth after Friday’s action.
In the women’s free skate, world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was first with a 160.46 score followed by Mai Mihara of Japan at 146.17 and her compatriot Wakaba Higuchi at 145.30.
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., the world championship bronze medallist two weeks ago, was fourth at 142.41, which bettered her score from worlds by over a point. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was 11th.
In the pairs free skate, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France topped the field with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia second and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China third.
Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., followed in fourth with a personal best 130.09 just three points behind the Chinese.
First place in each event was worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on.