Winter Olympics: Michael Martinez finishes 28th, bows out after short program

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 16, 2018 01:29 PM
Michael Martinez finishes 28th, bows out after short program
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men's short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Filipino figure skater Michael Christian Martinez pulled off a flawless routine, but  fell just out of the top 24 among 30 participants in the men's single figure skating short program of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Friday morning (Philippine time).

The 21-year-old was the sixth skater to perform, and he scored a total of 55.56 points to finish 28th place in his Olympic return as he performed to the tune of  'Emerald Tiger' by Vanessa Mae.

Far from the scrawny 17-year-old upstart who finished 19th overall in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a much bulkier Martinez took the ice in South Korea but ultimately bowed out after his first run.

After initially falling short in qualifying for a spot in Pyeongchang, Martinez was named as a replacement for Sweden's representative, to make his second straight trip to the Winter Olympics.

Even with the short notice, however, Martinez was able to pull off a clean, albeit safe routine, garnering a score of 26.04 in the Technical Elements, and 29.52 on the Factored Program Components.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu finished atop the short program his 111.68 mark while Javier Fernandez of Spain was at second with 107.58. Rounding out the top three is another Japanese, Shoma Uno with 104.17 points. 

Julian Yee of Malaysia, who won the gold medal in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games over Martinez, fell just short of qualifying as well, placing 25th overall after finishing with 73.58 points.

Martinez made history in 2014 by becoming the first Filipino figure skater to represent the Philippines in the Winter Olympics. 

Another Filipino in 17-year-old alpine skier Asa Miller is slated for competition this February 18.

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