Russia's second team held off a strong challenge from Finland to claim top honours at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships in Canadian city Mississauga.
Team Junost found themselves in second place after yesterday’s short programme, but scored 106.49 points in today's free skating for an overall winning total of 168.83 points.
The 2013 world junior bronze medalists produced a strong performance to composer Igor Stravinsky’s "Firebird", highlighted by a pair element, smooth intersections and a travelling wheel.
Overnight leaders Team Crystal Ice, Russia’s first team, ended up eighth overall with 145.59 points after several falls today.
That allowed Finland’s first and second teams, Fintastic and Musketeers, to each move up a place and claim the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Fintastic repeated their silver medal-winning performance from 2015 with 158.06 points, despite ranking sixth in the free skating with 96.51.
Defending champions Musketeers finished fifth in the free skating with 98.52 points and rose up to third overall with 156.24.
Skyliners, the United States’ first team, came second in the free skating with 101.73 points but missed the podium narrowly with 156.06.
Canada’s first team Nexxice finished fifth with 155.97 points, while their second team, Les Supremes, came sixth with 154.36.
The 2017 World Junior Synchronised Skating Championships was the first to be held since the ISU passed a ruling to stage the event on an annual rather than biennial basis.
A total of 19 teams representing 14 ISU member countries competed in the third edition.