Daniel Samohin claimed a first ever World Junior Figure Skating Championship title for Israel ©ISU

Daniel Samohin rose from ninth place to claim a historic Israeli gold medal in the men's event at the International Skating Union (ISU) World Junior Figure Skating Championships at the at the Főnix Arena in Debrecen.

Performing to the theme music fro Sherlock Holmes, Samohin nailed a quad toe-triple toe, quad Salchow, a solo quad toe as well as a triple Axel and three more triples.

It powered the ISU Junior Grand Prix Finalist to a personal best free programme score of 165.38 points.

It gave him a total score of 236.65 after the short programme on Wednesday (March 16).

It marked the first World Junior Championship medal of any colour for Israel.

"There are a lot of great skaters here so I couldn’t be sure that I’d be first," he said.

"It’s pretty crazy to come from almost 10th place to becoming the top three.

"It’s really great, for Israel it is amazing."

Alisa Fedichkina of Russia leads after the ladies short programme ©ISU
Alisa Fedichkina of Russia leads after the ladies short programme ©ISU

Canada's Nicolas Nadeau rose from eighth place to claim the silver medal with 224.76 points while United States' Tomoki Hiwatashi taking the bronze with 222.52.

Short programme leader Dmitri Aliev slipped from first to sixth, while Russian team-mate Alexander Samarin fell from second to fourth.

Their compatriot Alisa Fedichkina will be hoping to avoid a similar fate after taking the lead following the ladies short programme.

She scored 66.11 points to virtually tie with Japan’s Marin Honda, with the higher technical score for Fedichkina edging her ahead.

Maria Sotskova of Russia is currently ranked third with 64.78.

Another Russian, ISU Junior Grand Prix Final champion Polina Tsurskaya, withdrew before the short programme as she claimed she had sprained her right ankle in the morning practice.

Both the ladies and ice dancing competitions are set to conclude with a final day of competition in the Hungarian city tomorrow.