Canada’s Liam Firus in medal hunt at Warsaw Cup

WARSAW – Liam Firus of North Vancouver is in third place after Saturday’s men’s short program at the Warsaw Cup, part of the ISU’s Challenger Series figure skating circuit.

Matteo Rizzo of Italy stands first with 75.64 points, Stephane Walker of Switzerland is second at 68.92 and Firus follows at 66.58 out of 19 entries.

The ice dance and women’s events were completed on Saturday.

In women’s competition, Serafima Sakhanovich led Russia to a 1-2 finish. Emy Decelles of Baie-Comeau, Que., was sixth.

‘’I performed under my expectations,’’ said Decelles, 19. ‘’I’m pleased with my technical points but disappointed to pop two of my jumps. The big thing to work on is managing my emotions on the ice.’’

In ice dancing, Betina Popova and Sergey Mozgov of Russia earned the gold. Sarah Arnold of Waterloo, Ont., and Thomas Williams of Okotoks, Alta., were eighth and Molly Lanaghan of Scarborough, Ont., and Dmitre Razgulajevs of Ajax, Ont., were 10th.

Arnold returned to competition after a five-year retirement from the sport last season. She is in her second year with Williams.

‘’It was probably two of our strongest skates so far as team,’’ said Arnold about the event. ‘’We are really starting to gel. The practices have been going well and it was nice to finally duplicate what we’ve been doing in practice. For my part, I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the ice.’’

Lanaghan and Razgulajevs have been together for eight months.

‘’The performance was good,’’ said Razgulajevs. ‘’We wanted to please the crowd and we achieved that. We continued to work on our speed and power and that seemed to keep improving.’’

Competition ends Sunday.

Full results: ISU CS Warsaw Cup 2017

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