Canada benefited from a first-place performance from ice dance duo Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje at the ISU World Team Trophy competition in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday.

The Wateloo, Ont. team won the ice dance competition to push Canada from fifth to fourth in the country standings with two disciplines yet to wrap up.

Japan leads the six-country field with 81 points, followed by the U.S., at 78, Russia with 74 and Canada with 67.

China is fifth at 59 and France sixth at 46.

Weaver and Poje earned a 113.83 score in the free dance with Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the U.S. second at 109.96 and Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitri Soloviev of Russia third at 104.55.

The World Team Trophy scoring system is designed as such: First place in each event is worth 12 points for the country, second 11 points, third 10 and so on. Canada won the silver in the team event at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Patrick Chan finishes 3rd in men's free skate at World Team Trophy event in Tokyo, Japan7:42

In the men's free skate, Japan took the top two spots with Yuzuru Hanyu earning 200.49 and Shoma Uno 198.49. Toronto's Patrick Chan was third at 190.74.

Yuzuru Hanyu captures men's free skate in front of home crowd9:22

Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., finished ninth.

Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres capture 1st place in pairs short program6:52

The pairs short program was won by French pair Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres. Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China are second while Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., are third.

Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro capture 3rd place in pairs short program6:09

The event continues Saturday with the pairs and ladies free programs.

The 1-million U.S. prize money is divided among the top-six teams:

  • 1st place: $200,000
  • 2nd place: $170,000
  • 3rd placed: $160,000
  • 4th placed: $150,000
  • 5th placed: $140,000
  • 6th placed: $130,000

You can catch more figure skating coverage Saturday on Road to the Olympic Games, our show spotlighting the best high-performance athletes from Canada and around the world. You can stream the broadcast at 4 p.m. ET or watch on CBC TV.

With files from Louis Daignault