Gogolev fifth at ISU Junior Grand Prix

RICHMOND, B.C. – Stephen Gogolev of Toronto climbed to fifth place in men’s competition on Saturday to conclude the fourth stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Petr Gumennik of Russia won the gold, Tomoki Hiwatashi of Japan was second and Adam Siao Him Fa of France third.

The 13-year-old Gogolev, who won gold at the season opening event last month, was seventh after the short program but climbed the standings with the fifth best free skate.

Iliya Kovler of Richmond Hill, Ont., third after the short, dropped to seventh and Beres Clements of Richmond B.C. was eighth.

“I’m not going to sugar coat it. I did very bad,” said Kovler. “I felt good after warm-up but it was the first time I was skating in the last flight so I might have overdone it. It’s a good learning experience.”

For Clements, his performance was a success.

“It was a big improvement over my last competition,” he said, “I learned to cope with my nerves and show what I normally do in training. I overcame some challenges this week.”

Russia swept the medals in the pairs competition with Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov earning the gold.

Patricia Andrew of London, Ont. and Paxton Fletcher of Rodney, Ont., were seventh, Chloe Panetta of Laval, Que., and Benjamin Mimar of Terrebonne, Que., ninth and Camille Perreault of Orford, Que., and Bryan Pierro of St-Hubert, Que., 10th.

“We did the best that we could have today,” said Andrew. “Pulling it together in competition was a good thing for us.”

Overall, the competition was a major success.

“Congratulations to all the talented young skaters who competed in the ISU Junior Grand Prix competition this week,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “Qualifying for this event is a tremendous accomplishment. Our government is proud to support this event, which enables young skaters to build skills and confidence through top international competition.”

The fifth stop on the circuit is in two weeks in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/jgpcan2018/.

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