Pau Garcia Domec won the junior men's freeskating world title today, beating defending champion Alessandro Liberatore in the process ©World Skate

Spanish skater Pau Garcia Domec has won the junior men's freeskating title after surpassing the defending champion today in the long programme at the Artistic Skating World Championships in Mouilleron-Le-Captif in France.

Defending champion Alessandro Liberatore from Italy entered today's session at the Vendéespace rink as the favourite, having already finished first in the provisional ranking yesterday.

That performance did not help Liberatore beat Domec today though, as the Spaniard took the gold with a score of 509.300.

Liberatore's score of 496.000 was only good enough for silver, while Argentina's Edgar Waterbor secured the bronze with a score of 493.400.

In the junior women's category it was Rebecca Tarlazzi from Italy who took gold, while her compatriot Clarissa Bellagamba, who was considered one of the pre competition favourites, could only manage fifth.

The junior women's freeskating title was won by Italy's Rebecca Tarlazzi ©World Skate
The junior women's freeskating title was won by Italy's Rebecca Tarlazzi ©World Skate

Tarlazzi scored 499.90 to take the top prize, while 486.500 earned Romania's Daria Alexandra Matei the silver medal.

Brazil gained the bronze through Bruna De Castro Wurts, who scored 478.100.

Bellagamba had a day to forget, scoring just 442.500 to finish outside of the medals.

Also going ahead today was the short programme in the senior women's freeskating.

After that first session it is Italy's Silvia Nemesio who leads with a score of 130.900, while another two Italians sit second and third.

Letizia Ghiroldi is in the silver medal position having scored 121.900 and Silvia Lambruschi is third with a score of 122.100.

Tomorrow the senior men and senior women's solo dance competitions will conclude and there will be action in the senior and junior dance couple events as well as other categories.