SEA Games: Caluza settles for silver in men's figure skating

Mark Escarlote on Dec 01, 2019 07:22 PM
SEA Games: Caluza settles for silver in men's figure skating
Christopher Caluza of the Philippines captured the silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's figure skating. (Arvin Lim)

Christopher Caluza came up short of dislodging defending champion Julian Zhi Jie Yee of Malaysia to settle for silver in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's figure skating at the SM Megamall Ice Skating Rink Sunday.

The Olympian Yee used an upbeat music in his free skating routine including rock song 'Highway to Hell' by rockband AC/DC as he dominated the competition for the second straight time since bagging the gold on his home soil in 2017.

Yee collected a total of 202.62, scoring 139.27 in the free skate to add to his 63.35 points in the short program last Friday.

Caluza scored an aggregate of 180.22 points to bag the silver medal in his first stint in the biennial meet. He had a free skating run of 117.85.

Caluza's point total surpassed the 171.63 points of two-time Olympian Michael Martinez when he finished runner-up to Yee two years ago.

Thailand's Micah Lynette kicked the other Filipino bet Edrian Celestino from the podium with a total of 174.06 points to take the bronze.

Celestino had an aggregate of 169.59 points with a free skating score of 108.07.

Caluza and Celestino finished second and third, respectively, in the men’s short program behind Yee.

Caluza scored 62.37 points while Celestino had 61.52 points.

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