Adam Siao Him Fa’s face was closed in the kiss and cry. The Frenchman knew that he had made too many errors (reversal on quadruple toe loop, triple axel hooked, a combination transformed into a double lutz-double toe loop) to keep his third place in the short program. With a total score of 250.45 pts, Siao Him Fa, who had won the French Grand Prix two weeks ago, finally ranked 5th in an NHK Trophy won on Saturday by world champion Shoma Uno (279.76 pts) ahead of Sota Yomamoto (257.85 pts). 4th place escapes for one point to Siao Him Fa, Kazuki Tomono collecting 251.83 pts. A place that could be expensive at the 8th of the last World Championships.
This poor performance puts Siao Him Fa on a very unfavorable tie for qualifying for the Grand Prix final (December 9-11 in Turin) which brings together the six best skaters in the world at the start of the season. The list of qualifiers will be official after the Finnish Grand Prix next weekend.
Ice dancing surprise
Big surprise in the dance category. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates, bronze medalists at the World Championships and favorites this season in the absence of Olympic champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron (on break) and Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue (retired), were beaten . Second in the free as well as the rhythmic dance, the Americans obtained 209.13 pts and had to bow to their training partners in Montreal, the Canadians Laurence Fournier-Beaudry and Nikolaj Soerensen (210.41 pts). The French Evgeniia Lopareva and Goeffrey Brissaud are 5th with 184.63 pts.
In the couples category, Camille and Pavel Kovalev, who ranked 2nd in the French Grand Prix a fortnight ago, took 5th place with 162.01 pts in a competition won by the Japanese world vice-champions. Riku Mihura and Ryiuchi Kihara (216.16 pts). South Korean Yelim Kim retained her first place in the short program and with 204.49 pts is ahead of Olympic bronze medalist and world champion Kaori Sakamoto (201.87 pts).