Canadian skater in medal contention

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:43 PM ET

Canadian Andrei Rogozine moved into medal contention Thursday at the world junior figure skating championships, placing third in the men's short program.

Rogozine had a personal best of 67.27 to finish behind Keegan Messing of the U.S. (72.58) and Artur Dmitriev of Russia (68.91).

''My short program has been going well everyday in practice and I just went out there and did it,'' said Rogozine, a 17-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont.

Liam Firus of North Vancouver, B.C., was 24th.

In the pairs final, Natasha Purich of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Raymond Schultz of Toronto finished fifth, one rung ahead of Brittany Jones of Toronto and Kurtis Gaskell of Guelph, Ont.

Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China took the gold with Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia second and Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan third.

Competition continues Friday with the free dance and the women's short program.


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