Canada’s Keegan Messing Wins Gold at ISU Challenger Series event

ZIBEL, Croatia – Canada’s Keegan Messing won the gold medal Saturday in the men’s competition to conclude the 53rd Golden Spin of Zagreb figure skating competition, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series circuit.

Messing earned 255.07 points placing first in Thursday’s short program and fifth in a clean free skate. Andrei Mozalev of Russia was second at 252.15 and Jimmy Ma of the U.S. third at 250.97.

‘’It was a fantastic week, I’m confident and more motivated than ever’’ said Messing, 29, sixth at the world championships this past spring. ‘’We’re going home happy. The season started slow, and it is still not perfect but no we’re on the up and up and hopefully towards the Olympic Games.’’

Conrad Orzel of Woodbridge, Ont., was 10th and Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., moved from 24th to 16th.

On Friday, Canadians Vanessa James and Eric Radford were fourth in pairs with Kirsten Moore-Towers of St.Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., eighth and Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., in ninth.

There were no Canadian entries in women or ice dancing.

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