Wang and Fernandez both top 20 in Four Continents
Olympic Winter Institute
February 20, 2008. By Barry White

Tina Wang and Nicholas Fernandez have both finished in the top 20 at the Four Continents Figure Skating competition in Goyan City, Republic of Korea, over the weekend.

Wang was 19th in a field of 32 in the ladies’ competition, scoring a total of 94.28 points.

Skating in her first senior international competition, the 16-year-old Brisbane skater was lying in 21st place after the short program, scoring 30.57 points. In the free program she improved three places, scoring 63.72 points for a total of 94.28 points, which put her in 19th place overall.

Fellow Australian Phoebe di Tomasso scored 25.76 points in the short program for 28th place, missing a berth in the free program.

Japanese skater Mao Asada won the ladies’ competition with 193.25 points, topping both programs.

Canada’s Joannie Rochette moved from third after the short program to take the silver medal on 179.54 points, while Asada’s team-mate, the 2007 World Champion Miki Ando, was third on 177.66 points.

In the men’s competition, Nicholas Fernandez finished in 17th place.

The Sydney 17-year-old was lying in 15th place after the short program, but a free program that earned 68.63 points and rated 20th position dropped him two places overall. He ended the competition on 109.77 points.

Fellow Australian Robert McNamara outskated his team-mate in the free program for 69.81 points, moving up to 20th place overall on 102.23 points.

The 2007 World Championship silver medallist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan won the event with a total score of 264.41 points.

Canada’s Torino bronze medallist Jeffery Buttle moved into second place with a total score of 234.02 points, while Four Continents defending champion Evan Lysacek of the US dropped from second to third on a total of 233.11 points.

In the other Australian results, Danielle O’Brien and Gregory Merriman finished in tenth place in the ice dancing competition on 121.86 points, while their compatriots in the 13-pair field Maria and Evgeni Boronouv finished in 13th position on 107.52 points.