Schizas 12th, Gilles and Poirier Fifth After Rhythm Dance at ISU World Figure Skating Championships®

MONTPELLIER, France – Madeline Schizas of Oakville, Ont., took 12th spot in women’s competition Friday while Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of Toronto stand fifth after the rhythm dance at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships®

Olympic bronze medallist Kaori Sakamoto of Japan won the women’s gold with Loena Hendrickx of Belgium second and Alysa Liu of the U.S. third.

Schizas ranked 10th in both Thursday’s short program and the free skate, but she still dropped slightly in the standings.

‘’I’m happy with my skates,’’ said Schizas, 19th in her Olympic debut last month. ‘’This is the kind of scores and performances I’ve put out this year.’’

Canada iced three entries in ice dancing. After the rhythm dance, Gilles and Poirier stand fifth, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen of Montreal eighth and Marjorie Lajoie of Boucherville, Que., and Zachary Lagha of St-Hubert, Que., 13th.

Olympic champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France set a ‘’new record score’’ for the rhythm dance with 92.73. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue of the U.S. are second at 89.72 and their compatriots Madison Chock and Evan Bates third at 87.51.

‘’We are a little disappointed in the scores today,’’ said Gilles, who received 80.79 with her partner. ‘’We feel like we performed it almost at our best. We did make some changes since the Olympics and maybe not having those totally under our belt may have hurt us a bit.’’

Competition ends Saturday with the men’s free skate and the free dance.

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