Wakaba Higuchi is in third place following the short program at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships on Wednesday in Tallinn, Estonia. Higuchi received a score of 61.27 points and trails Russia’s Evgenia Medvedeva (68.48) and Serafima Sakhanovich (63.09) heading into Friday’s free skate.
The 14-year-old Tokyo native, who is Japan’s reigning national junior champion, skated to “Beloved Czardas” by Vittorio Monti. Higuchi opened with a double axel, but was marked down for stepping out of her triple flip/triple toe loop combination jump. She went on to land a triple lutz and received level-fours for two of her spins and her step sequence.