March 17, 2017 10:19
Cha Jun-hwan finished fifth at the International Skating Union World Junior Figure Skating Championships in Taipei on Thursday. Cha had been expected to make a podium finish after setting a new personal best in the short program of the men's singles a day earlier, but fell short after a shaky performance in the free skate.
Performing to the soundtrack of "Il Postino: The Postman," he opened with a flawless triple lutz-triple toe loop combination, followed by a quadruple salchow-double toe loop combination, but fell while landing a quadruple salchow. It was Cha's first attempt at two quadruple jumps in the long program.
With 160.11 points in the free skate, he scored a total of 242.45 points to finish fifth, beating his previous personal best of 230.47 points.
Vincent Zhou of the U.S., who landed three quadruple jumps, won the gold medal with 258.11 points. Dmitri Aliev and Alexander Samarin of Russia finished second and third.
Cha's compatriot Lee Si-hyeong placed 16th with 186.67 points.
Cha will make his senior debut in July. He plans to amend his routines while working on quadruple jumps in preparation for next year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
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