Canada finishes just off the podium at World Team Trophy

A pair of fourth-place performances by Canadian figure skaters on Saturday at the ISU World Team Team Trophy in Tokyo resulted in a fourth-overall showing for the team.

Japan won gold with 109 points followed by Russia at 105 and the U.S. at 97. Canada,  the Olympic silver medallists in Sochi, earned 87 points, China was fifth at 80 and France sixth at 62.

Canada was fifth after Thursday and climbed to fourth after Friday's action. Saturday's action included the women's and pairs free skates.

In the pairs free skate, Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres of France topped the field with Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia second and Cheng Peng and Yang Jin of China third.

Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Michael Marinaro of Sarnia, Ont., followed in fourth with a personal best 130.09 just three points behind the Chinese.

In the women's free skate, world champion Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia was first with a 160.46 score followed by Mai Mihara of Japan at 146.17 and her compatriot Wakaba Higuchi at 145.30.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., the world championship bronze medallist two weeks ago, was fourth at 142.41, which bettered her score from worlds by over a point. Alaine Chartrand of Prescott, Ont., was 11th.

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.