FUKUOKA, Japan – Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., posted Canada’s best finish on day one of the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition on Thursday placing fifth in the rhythm dance.

The U.S. is first in the team standings with 50 points, followed by Japan at 48 and Russia at 38. France is fourth with 27, Canada fifth with 26 and Italy sixth at 24.

Skaters compete in their disciplines with their short and free programs. After the results, they receive placement points (first is worth 12 points, second place 11 points and so on), which are then added together.

In the men’s short, Nam Nguyen of Toronto was seventh and Keegan Messing of Sherwood Park, Alta., ninth.  Two-time world champion Nathan Chen of the U.S. topped the field

In the women’s short, Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., took seventh spot and Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was 11th. Rika Kihira of Japan was first.

The countries ranked one to six on the ISU team standing qualified for the event. Team Canada is seeded sixth.

Canada took silver at the inaugural team event in 2009, bronze in 2012 and silver in 2013.Competition continues Friday with the pairs short and the free skates for the ice dancers and men.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season1819/wtt2019/