Filipino olympian takes 19th spot in Sochi

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

MANILA -- Michael Christian Martinez, the country's lone bet to the 22nd Winter Olympics, settled for 19th place in the men's figure skating competition in Sochi, Russia early Saturday.

Martinez, 17, racked up 119.44 points in the free skate program and 64.81 points in the short program, bringing his total score to 184.25.

Michael Martinez
Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines holds up a jacket after the men's short program figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, who made an Olympic record on Thursday evening for breaking the 100-point mark in the short program, took the gold. Representatives from Canada and Kazakhstan scooped silver and bronze, respectively.

Sochi Olympics Figure Skate Winners
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, centre, Patrick Chan of Canada, left, and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan stand on the podium during the flower ceremony for the men's free skate figure skating final at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Hanyu placed first, Chan second and Ten third. (AP Photo)

Thirty individuals made it to the competition but only 24 advanced to the medal round including Martinez, who is now looking forward to join the 2018 edition in South Korea. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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