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Reynolds climbs six spots into seventh overall at ISU Four Continents in Taiwan

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Boyang Jin of China performs during the men's free skating program Saturday at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Taipei, Taiwan. (Chiang Ying-ying/AP Photo via Canadian Press)

TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan — Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., finished seventh in the men’s competition at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championship, leading a trio of Canadians in the top 10.

Boyang Jin of China won the gold medal, Shoma Uno of Japan was second and Jason Brown of the United States finished third.

Reynolds was 13th after Thursday’s short program but rebounded with a powerful performance, which brought a huge ovation from the crowd and tears from his coach Joanne McLeod.

He opened with quad Salchow and delivered a clean program which included a quad-triple-double combo. The 27-year-old showed his emotion on the ice when he fist pumped after landing his final triple Salchow.

“Amazing,” said Reynolds. “It was everything I could have asked for in what could be my last performance. I laid it all on the ice. Regardless of what the marks were I was thrilled to perform in front of all my fans here and I felt the joy that they felt.”

Elladj Balde of Montreal was eighth and Nam Nguyen of Toronto finished ninth.

Canada ended the competition with a silver medal earned by ice dancers Carolane Soucisse of Chateauguay, Que., and Shane Firus of North Vancouver.

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