Figure skater Loena Hendrickx misses out on medal after World Championship fall

Figure skater Loena Hendrickx missed out on a medal at the World Championships in Montreal on Friday, having been in the lead going into the final programme. A fall during the free programme and a below-par series of jumps saw her finish fourth.

Japan's Kaori Sakamoto took gold, having also won the two previous years and been undefeated this season. She scored a total of 222.96 points. American Isabeau Levito finished second with 212.15, ahead of South Korea's Chaeyeon Kim on 203.59. Hendrickx's final score was 200.25. Fellow Belgian Nina Pinzarrone finished 15th with 177.46.

Having won bronze in 2023 and silver in 2022, Hendrickx had led the pack in Montreal after the short program and won a standing ovation for her performance. She appeared to be on course to win Belgium's first ever individual world title, but was unable to secure the points she needed in the free programme.

The 24-year-old, alongside 23-year-old Sakamoto, is among the older generation on the circuit. Levito, 17, and Lee, 18, represent the next generation, as does 17-year-old Pinzarrone.


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