Hektor Giotopoulos Moore and Anastasiia Golubeva have finished in fourth place in the pairs event at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Shanghai, China.The performance matches Australia's previous best result at the Four Continents, achieved by dual Olympian Joanne Carter in the women's singles event of 2005.
In the opening short program, the pair scored 58.79 to put them in seventh place, with a few mistakes costing them from placing higher.
The pair then had a much improved free skate, scoring a seasons best 125.04 points, the fourth best of the round. The combined total score came to 183.83 points and a final ranking of fourth, making it an impressive Four Continents debut.
"This experience will help us greatly towards the World Championships," said Giotopoulos Moore.
"This skate today proved to ourselves that it doesn’t matter what happens in the short program, doesn’t matter what happens in the free program. Just put your mind to it and you can do it.”
In the ice dance, Holly Harris and Jason Chan had career best scores for their total score (176.34 points) and free dance (107 points) on their way to finishing in ninth place, narrowly missing out on matching their previous best at the event in eighth.
Also representing Australia at the Four Continents
Darian Kaptich - 21st
Charlton Doherty (Men's Singles) - 27th
Maria Chernyshova (Women's Singles) - 21st
Vlada Vasiliev (Women's Singles) - 26th
India Nette / Eron Westwood (Ice Dance) - 16th
The 2024 World Championships will take place in Montreal, Canada, from March 18-24.
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