Edrian Paul Celestino faltered in his bid to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics after finishing 18th in the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany on Friday, September 24 (Saturday, September 25, Manila time).
Recording 64.32 points in the short program a day prior, Celestino garnered a total of 176.10 points with 111.78 points in the free skate as he missed the bus to the Olympics, with only the top seven advancing to Beijing.
The Filipino-Canadian ranked 16th in the short program and 18th in the free skate among the 30-man field in the event that serves as the last figure skating qualifier for the Winter Olympics.
USA’s Vincent Zhou bagged the gold medal after garnering 284.23 points as he topped both the short program (97.35) and free skate (186.88).
Zhou proved to be in a class of his own, ruling the tournament with a significant lead over France’s Adam Siao Him Fa (243.78) and Mark Kondratiuk (241.06), who settled for silver and bronze, respectively.
Others who booked their Olympic berths include Korea’s Lee Si-hyeong (229.14), Azerbaijan’s Vladimir Litvintsev (228.65), Australia’s Brendan Kerry (218.95), and Canada’s Roman Sadovsky (207.62).
Italy’s Gabriele Frangipani landed at fourth place with 229.39 points but went into the Nebelhorn Trophy without the intention to compete for Olympic qualification.
The Philippines gets another crack at an Olympic spot as Filipina-American Sofia Frank sees action in the free skate segment of the women’s division on Saturday, September 25.
Frank placed 22nd in the short program among 37 skaters with a score of 47.65. – Rappler.com