03/30/2016 15:19 EDT | Updated 03/31/2017 01:12 EDT

Canadians Weaver, Poje sit fourth after ice dance at world championships

BOSTON — Canadian ice dancers Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje need to make up some ground in their quest for another world figure skating medal.

Weaver, from Toronto, and Poje, from Waterloo, Ont., finished fourth in Wednesday's short dance at the world championships.

Weaver and Poje, who won silver in 2014 and bronze last season, scored 71.83 points for their waltz to music from Johann Strauss.

Defending champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France were first with 76.29 points.

Maia and Alex Shibutani were second with 74.70 points, with fellow Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates third at 72.46.

Piper Gilles of Toronto and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., were fifth at 70.70.

Canada's three-time world champion Patrick Chan was scheduled to skate the men's short program later Wednesday at TD Garden.

The Canadian Press