• Skater Martinez wins gold in Slovenia tilt

    Michael Christian Martinez (center) CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Michael Christian Martinez (center) CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

    Olympian Michael Christian Martinez bagged his first gold medal this year after topping the senior’s division of the 2014 Triglav Trophy International Figure Skating Championships held in Jesenice, Slovenia.

    Martinez, the country’s lone representative in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, earned 195.13 points on 63.29 in short program and 131.84 in free skate to claim the top spot.

    He outclassed silver medalist Kenji Tanaka of Japan, who scored 189.83 points on 63.08 in short program and 126.75 in free skate, and another Japanese bet Ryuju Hino, who settled for bronze with his 183.06-point showing (59.26 in short program and 123.80 in free skate).

    British Philip Harris wound up fifth (174.32 points) followed by Lee June-Hyoung of South Korea (173.16), Mario-Rafael Ionian of Austria (158.94) and Sondre Oddvoil Boe of Norway (146.27).

    In junior ladies event, Samantha Cabiles registered 100.04 points (36.96 in short program and 63.08 in free skate), good enough to finish sixth overall. Elizabet Turzynbaeva of Kazakhstan (150.68), Lim Ah-Hyun of South Korea (120.33) and Alissa Scheidt of Germany (115.69) took the top three positions.

    Prior to the Slovenia meet, Martinez withdrew from participating in the 2014 World Junior Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in March because of knee injury.

    For starters, he was the first Southeast Asian qualifier in figure skating event of the Winter Olympics where he finished 19th overall by scoring 64.81 points in short program and 119.44 points in free skate for a total score of 184.25 points.

    Martinez is aiming to qualify in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.


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