Edrian Paul Celestino finished at 16th place in the men's short program of the Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany on Thursday, September 23.
Nebelhorn is the last qualifying event for figure skating for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China.
The 17th skater to perform, the Filipino-Canadian initially ranked fifth with a score of 64.32 but eventually slipped to 16th place as the rest of the 30-man field took the ice.
USA's Vincent Zhou, a bronze medalist in the world championship, topped the short program with 97.35, while France's Adam Siao Him Fa (89.23) and Australia's Brendan Kerry (85.89) placed second and third, respectively.
The 23-year-old Celestino still has a chance to improve his ranking as he sees action in the free skate on Friday, September 24.
Scores from the short program and free skate will be combined for the final ranking, with the top seven skaters advancing to the Winter Olympics.
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