Kerry tried to hang onto his slim bronze medal position from the previous day, landing two triple axels in the free program and posting a PB for his components scores in another incremental step forward but missing the opening quad and having two spins called at Level 3 kept him off the podium by less than two points.
Finishing with 221.94 and 5th overall garnered valuable ISU World Standing ranking points, which determine the start groups at the World Championships in Helsinki next March.
Added to the frustration of coming within a whisker of his 222.40 PB set in Salt Lake earlier in the season was also just missing out on the overall Challenger Series podium that would have required 222.47 points.
The up-and-down event saw Israeli skaters Alexei Bychenko, win the gold with fellow countryman Daniel Samohin slipping to 2nd after placing 7th in the free. Bronze went to Keegan Messing with 223.30 points and a leap by 11th placed Alexander Petrov from Russia was 4th on 222.92 points.
The Ladies overall result remains somewhat of a mystery almost two days after the event concluded early on Saturday morning (AEDT).
In a very strong field, which included highly ranked competitors, Kailani Craine was sitting in 7th after the short program, having landed her first clean triple/triple jump combination, with fellow Australian Brooklee Han in 9th.
Leading the field was the returning Sochi bronze medallist Caroline Kostner, who has made a brilliant comeback.
Craine’s free program was a step up from her nationals win the week prior, landing five triples and two double axels in a more measured, emotionally connected performance.
Like many others in the field, any questionable jump rotations were penalised across the event, leaving Kailani with a free program score of just over 100 points, placing 8th - however the overall scores and final result for the entire event are yet to be published.
What is less clear is the treatment of apparent error by the Technical Panel in the calling of Kailani’s triple loop to triple salchow jump sequence, which initially showed on the competition protocol as a triple/double sequence and has since been amended to reflect the triple salchow, but with a downgrade.
For Kailani, who has already won a silver and bronze internationally this season, the overall placement in Zagreb is of lesser importance. She had other goals on her to do list.
“My one major goal coming into this competition was to go for the triple/triple in the short program. Therefore, it was never about the placings for me,” she said.
“It was what I was able to take from this competition. The free skate went pretty well. Of course I need to increase my speed, which will come as I gain more confidence with these high level jumps.”
“This competition was successful because I was able to take away a lot of experience and overall I am proud of myself. It’s given me more confidence to achieve more in the future, such as the qualification to the 2018 Winter Olympics.”
Coach Galina Pachin agreed.
“I think Kailani started to show more consistent skating at this competition. There where errors, but I know we can fix them. She looked very confident on the ice and this comp had a lot of big names. I am happy with her Free Program,” Pachin said.