Frank breaks PH records in Finland tiff; Martinez, Caluza finish at bottom

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) – Filipino figure skaters failed to bag a medal in the 2021 Finlandia Trophy, but one of them stood out with her historic performance.

Rising Filipina figure skater Sofia Frank achieved a milestone in her young career after breaking three Philippine records in Finland.

On Saturday, Frank garnered the highest short program score for a Filipina skater in an International Skating Union (ISU)-sanctioned meet.

The 16-year-old Frank scored 53.30 points in her short program routine where she executed a triple lutz, triple toe loop, and double axel.

The Los Angeles-born Frank received 29.21 points for her technical element score and 24.09 points in the program category.

On Sunday, she shattered two Philippine records for tallying the highest free skate event score and total score for a Filipina in an ISU-sanctioned tournament.

Frank scored a total of 94.79 points in the free skate for an overall finish of 18th place among 26 female figure skaters with 148.09.

The young Filipina figure skater surpassed the records of 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Alisson Perticheto, who notched 51.66 points in the short program in the 2019 ISU Four Continents Championships.

Perticheto previously held the records in free skate with 93.20 points and total score with 139.70 points, which she achieved during the ISU CS Warsaw Cup 2019.

Meanwhile, Filipino figure skaters Michael Martinez and Christophe Caluza finished at the bottom of the overall rankings in the men’s division.

Two-time Winter Olympian Martinez ended with a total score of 156.78 points, ranking 24th out of 26 male skaters.

Martinez scored 55.62 points in the short program and 101.16 points in the free skate category.

2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist Caluza ended up at the 25th spot with 156.24 points.

Caluza managed to record 59.74 points in the short program, but settled for 96.50 points in the free skate event.

American Jason Brown topped the field with 262.52 points while Russians Mikhail Kolyada (256.98) and Dmitri Aliev (249.25) secured the silver and bronze medals, respectively.