03/28/2015 10:51 EDT | Updated 05/28/2015 05:59 EDT

World figure skating championships: Canada's Nam Nguyen 5th in men’s free

An aggressive approach by Nam Nguyen paid off Saturday, but didn’t result in a podium finish for the Toronto figure skater.

The 16-year-old climbed from ninth place to finish fifth in the men’s free skate at the world championships in Shanghai, China.

“In the long program I needed to be more aggressive,” Nguyen told reporters. “I achieved that today and I’m really happy with myself.”

Fellow Canadian Jeremy Ten of Vancouver placed 22nd.

Spain’s Javier Fernandez cleanly landed two quad jumps to earn the gold medal, while Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Denis Ten of Kazakhstand finished second and third, respectively.