Canada stands fourth after first day at ISU Team Worlds

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Louis Daignault

April 11, 2013, Tokyo, Japan (ISN) – Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Toronto posted the best score in the men’s short program and Canada is fourth overall after the first day of competition at the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition.

Japan, with second place finishes in both women’s and men’s events, is tied for first overall with the U.S., at 47 points followed by Russia in third at 41, Canada at 34, France 23 and China 21.

In the men’s short program, Chan earned 86.67 points with Daisuke Takahashi of Japan second at 80.87 and Konstantin Menshov of Russia third at 80.60. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was ninth.

Chan fell on the quad toe but produced a triple Lutz-triple toeloop combination and level-four spins and footwork.

“Considering the long trip and end of the season it was a good day,” said Chan. ”I think all the men felt a little shaky. It was still a good day for me, I was able to do triple Lutz-triple toe at the end of the program. I was really tired and didn’t have enough speed into the quad or into the Axel, I think that was the reason I was a little rough.”

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje of Waterloo, Ont., also posted a strong showing in ice dancing with the second best score after the short program at 62.42. They are slightly behind Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S., at 62.42.

In women’s competition, Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Nfld., and Gabrielle Daleman of were seventh and 12th in the short program. Adelina Sotnikova of Russia was first.

Competition continues Friday with the pairs short program and the free skates in ice dancing and men’s competition.

Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wtt2013/

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