Strong Free Skate Lifts Joseph Phan in Standings at ISU Four Continents Championships

TALLIN, Estonia – Joseph Phan of Laval, Que., produced the sixth best free skate on Sunday and climbed to ninth overall in the men’s event to conclude the ISU Four Continents Championships figure skating competition.

Junhwan Cha of South Korea won the gold medal with 273.22 points and was followed by three Japanese skaters in the standings including Kazuki Tomono in second at 268.99 and Kao Miura in third at 251.07.

Phan, 10th after Friday’s short program, delivered a clean free landing his seven jumps. He opened with a triple Axel-triple toe combination and landed two more combos as well as another triple Axel. Both his free skate score of 151.15 and total score of 220.85 were personal bests at the international level.

He scored slightly higher earlier this month in a fourth-place result at nationals.

‘’I was really nervous before my free skate, I think even more than at nationals’’ said Phan, 20. ‘’But I was still able to manage it properly. During my program I just stayed focused, taking one jump at a time and trusted my skates.’’

Corey Circelli of Toronto was 12th.

Canada ended the competition with one bronze medal won Saturday by Evelyn Walsh of London, Ont., and Trennt Michaud of Trenton, Ont., in pairs.

Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver were fourth in ice dancing Friday missing a spot on the podium by just over three points.

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