Canada finishes fifth at ISU World Team Trophy

FUKUOKA, Japan – Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro produced Canada’s best results at the ISU World Team Trophy on Saturday ranking third in the pairs free program.

The Canadians, seeded sixth entering the competition, took fifth spot overall with 73 points. The U.S. won the gold medal with 117 followed by Japan at 104 and Russia at 102. France was fourth at 75 and Italy sixth at 69.

In the pairs free skate, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France were first with 152.52 points. Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia were second at 141.32 and Moore-Towers and Marinaro were third at 131.84.

“I felt we performed this program better than at worlds,” said Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont. “We used our breathing spots a little bit better and we learned a lot of lessons that we will take with us next year.”

“It’s a little better to end the season on a positive skate,” added Marinaro, from Sarnia, Ont.

In the women’s free skate Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia was first, Bradie Tennell of the U.S. second and Kaori Sakamoto of Japan third.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was 10th and Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., 12th.

In the team event, skaters competed in their disciplines with their short and free programs. After the results, they received placement points (first is worth 12 points, second place 11 points and so on), which were then added together.

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