HIROSHIMA, JAPAN—Canada’s Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro were in third place after the pairs short program Friday at the NHK Trophy.
Moore-Towers, from St. Catharines, Ont., and Marinaro, from Sarnia, Ont., had 67.70 points. Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander Enbert of Russia were first with a season-best 73.48 points and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China were second with 70.66.
The Canadians, who won bronze last month at Skate Canada, opened with a strong triple twist but weren’t as smooth on the side-by-side jump and the throw triple loop.
Russian figure skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva led after the women’s short program. She received 76.17 points for her routine that included a triple axel and a triple lutz.
Satoko Miyahara was 0.09 points behind, and fellow Japanese Mai Mihara was third with 70.38 points.
Shoma Uno of Japan finished first in the men’s short program despite falling during a combination jump.