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Moore-Towers, Marinaro take silver at Finlandia Open

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., won Saturday's free skate to earn the silver medal in pairs on Saturday at the Finlandia Open figure skating competition.

Canadian pair records top score in free skate

Canada's Kirsten Moore-Towers, centre, and Michael Marinaro seen here at last month's Autumn Classic, won Saturday's free skate to earn the silver medal in pairs on Saturday at the Finlandia Open. (Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., won Saturday's free skate to earn the silver medal in pairs on Saturday at the Finlandia Open figure skating competition in Espoo, Finland.

Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia won the gold with 198.98 points. The Canadians, third after Friday's short, followed closely at 193.93 and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii of Russia were third at 188.54.

Moore-Towers and Marinaro also placed second at the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ont., two weeks ago.

"We felt good about our competition but we had mistakes in both programs," said Moore-Towers. "Our goal was to have an improvement from the Autumn Classic International and we definitely did that. We'll follow the same path to be ready for Skate Canada International."

Canada's Nadeau finishes just off men's podium

In men's competition, Nicolas Nadeau of Blainville, Que., was less than four points from the podium, finishing fourth with 227.76. Mikhail Kolyada of Russia was the winner with 250.58, Junhwan Cha of South Korea second at 239.19 and Morisi Kvitelashvili of Georgia third at 231.19.

"I only have one quad in the long so I need to execute it better," said Nadeau. "Also a big mistake on my triple Axel which is my best jump which was disappointing after landing the first one in the long and also in the short."

In the short dance, Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver stand third with 70.79, less than two points out of second spot.

On Friday, Veronik Mallet of Sept-Iles, Que., was seventh after the women's short.

Competition ends Sunday with the free dance and women's free skate.

Skate Canada goes later this month in Laval, Que.

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