TOKYO – Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., won the free skate in pairs and Canada finished fourth on Saturday at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.
The U.S. finished first overall in the six-country competition with 110 points, Russia was second at 109 and Japan third at 103. The Canadians, Olympic silver medallists in 2014, followed at 82 with China fifth and France sixth.
Duhamel and Radford, just a few weeks off their first world title, took the free skate with 140.70 points. They edged Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China in second at 139.73 and Alex Scimeca and Chris Knierim of the U.S. were third at 127.87.
The victory for Duhamel and Radford was worth 12 points to Canada’s total score. Second place was worth 11 and so on.
‘’Our team came in with the feeling that we didn’t have the expectations to win the gold medal,’’ said Duhamel, Canada’s team captain. ‘’But everyone was satisfied with their efforts and we’re building this Canadian team towards the next World Trophy in 2017 and of course the Olympics in 2018 where we’ll be aiming for a better result.
‘’We should end our season with our heads held high.’’
In the women’s free skate, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova, both of Russia, were 1-2 in the free skate which was worth 23 points to the Russians in the team standings but not enough to catch the Americans.
Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., was eighth and Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., 11th.
Full competition: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wtt2015/