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B.C. ice dancers Lum, Bruser place fourth in Junior Grand Prix event

Noa Bruser of Vancouver and Timothy Lum of Burnaby, B.C., placed fourth in ice dancing on Saturday to conclude the seventh stop on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.

Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin of Russia took the gold at 147.10, Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker of the U.S., were second at 138.61 and Daria Morozova and Mikhail Zhirnov of Russia were third at 124.41.

Bruse and Lum, third after the short dance on Friday, finished at 117.39 which bettered their previous best of 115.56 set in a sixth place finish at a Junior Grand Prix last season.

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Earlier this year they were fifth at the second stop in Lake Placid, N.Y.

On Saturday, a drop down on their last lift cost them valuable points.

"The free dance wasn't too bad but we probably peaked a bit too early in the program," said Lum, 17, three years older than his partner. "But overall the whole skate was much improved. The expression was better and we picked up our speed."

Marieve Cyr of Ile-Bizard, Que., and Benjamin Brisebois-Gaudreau of Montreal were seventh in their Junior Grand Prix debut, although they posted the sixth best scores in both the short dance and free dance.

"We had a slight mishap with our twizzle otherwise the rest of the program went as planned," said Brisebois-Gaudreau. "We were pleased with how we adapted to a different environment and benefited from the opportunity to see some of the best skaters in the world in our age group."

In men's competition, Maxim Kovtun of Russia won the gold with Shoma Uno of Japan second and Alexander Samarin of Russia third.

Anthony Kan of Richmond Hill, Ont., in his international debut, struggled in his long program and was 12th.

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On Friday, Brittany Jones of Toronto and Ian Beharry of Guelph, Ont., won the bronze medal in pairs.

Canada won 11 medals on the circuit this season including three gold. The ISU Grand Prix Final will be in December in Sochi, Russia, the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The senior Grand Prix circuit now takes centre stage with the opening stop Oct. 19-21 in Seattle. The following week, October 26-28, is Skate Canada in Windsor, Ont.

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