Canada’s Wesley Chiu lands first quad, wins bronze medal at ISU Junior Grand Prix
KRASNOYARSK, Russia – Wesley Chiu of Richmond, B.C., landed the first quad jump of his career on route to a bronze medal in men’s competition on Friday at the fourth stop on the the ISU Junior Grand Prix figure skating circuit.
Gleb Lutfullin led Russia to a 1-2 finish with 230.42 points while Egor Rukhin was second at 223.29. The sixteen-year-old Chiu, fourth after Thursday’s short program, climbed one spot for the bronze with a personal best 217.59.
Skating to music by Muse, Chiu executed a clean long program which included landing a quad toe loop for his second medal on the circuit this season. He earned gold at the second stop in France.
‘’It’s another great milestone I’ve achieved,’’ said Chiu, about landing the quad ‘’I look forward to doing more in the future. Today’s free was a fight for sure, but it was all worth it in the end.’’
In the women’ short program, Russian skaters grabbed the top four spots led by Sofia Akateva. Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., in her Junior Grand Prix debut is ninth.
Nadiia Bashynska and Peter Beaumont of Ajax, Ont., are in the medal hunt in ice dancing standing fourth after the rhythm dance with a career international high 60.35 points. Russia stands 1-2 with Irina Khavronina and Dario Cirisano first at 66.52 and Sofia Leonteva and Daniil Gorelkin second at 63.70. Angela Ling and Caleb Wein of the U.S. are third at 60.35.
Emma Goodstadt of Oakville, Ont., and Michael Barsoum of North York, Ont. are ninth.
Canada has no entries in pairs.
Competition ends Saturday.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/season2122/jgprus2021/