Moore-Tow­ers and Mari­naro third in pairs at NHK Tro­phy

Cana­di­ans dis­ap­pointed with per­for­mance

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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, and Mari­naro, from Sar­nia, 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.

“We are a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed with the per­for­mance to­day,” said Moore-Tow­ers. “It was a lit­tle bit off in many places and here you have to be per­fect to stack up.”

Rus­sian 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. The free skate is on Sat­ur­day.

Shoma Uno of Ja­pan fin­ished first in the men’s short pro­gram de­spite fall­ing dur­ing a jump.

Kevin Reynolds of Co­quit­lam, B.C., was 12th.

“Af­ter a good start it didn’t fin­ish up well so that’s dis­ap­point­ing,” Reynolds said.

Many of the skaters in this

week­end’s fourth Grand Prix event are aim­ing to qual­ify for the Dec. 6-9 Grand Prix Fi­nal in Van­cou­ver.

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KOJI SASAHARA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kirsten Moore Tow­ers and Michael Mari­nara of Canada per­form dur­ing a pairs short pro­gram in Ja­pan, Fri­day.

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