Canadian figure skater Gabrielle Daleman couldn’t hold on to her lead in the ladies’ event at the Cup of China in Beijing, finishing sixth overall following Saturday’s free skate.
The Newmarket, Ont., native earned a score of 70.65 in Friday’s short program to narrowly edge Wakaba Higuchi of Japan at 70.53 and Russia’s Elena Radionova at 70.48.
Daleman scored the seventh-best free program (126.18) to finish sixth with a combined score of 196.83.
“There’s a lot more room for improvement. All I can do is go back home and get ready for Skate America [her next event,” said Daleman.
Alina Zagatova of Russia (213.88) won gold, while Higuchi (212.52) and Radionova (206.82) rounded out the podium.
Papadakis, Cizeron dominate
French ice dance duo Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron won handily on Saturday, posting the best short and free dances for a total of 200.43.
American pair Madison Chock and Evan Bates (184.50) were second, while Russians Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev (182.84) were third.
Kolyada cruises to victory
Mikhail Kolyada of Russia opened up a sizeable lead in the men’s short program with a score of 103.13 and held on to the top spot despite finishing third in the free skate.
Kolyada’s total of 279.38 was followed by China’s Boyang Jin, who compiled a total of 264.48.
American Max Aaron, who turned in the best free skate, climbed from fifth to third with 259.69.
Javier Fernandez of Spain dropped from third to sixth, while Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., moved up from 10th after the short program to eighth overall.
“The free program was more of an indication of how I’ve been practising,” said Reynolds. “It’s been going very well in training but just a bit disappointed today with my opening loop attempt in competition.”
This is the third event of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix series. The series consists of six events and culminates with the Final in Nagoya, Japan, in December — the last competition featuring the world’s top skaters before the Olympics.