Reigning champion Patrick Chan got his World Figure Skating Championships to a strong start today, taking the lead with a short program that had minor errors. But on a day when most of the men skated with mistakes, he was still able to rise to the top of the leaderboard going into tomorrow’s free skate.
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VIDEOS: Men’s short program
Skating the same short program that gave him a practically insurmountable lead at last year’s Worlds, Chan was not as perfect today. He stepped out of his opening quad toe and had to put the triple toe at the end of his triple lutz. Chan also nearly fell midway through his final step sequence but muscled through it. His 89.41 puts him in the lead by just under two points.
Fourth at the past two Worlds, Michal Brezina skated his best short program of the season, hitting a quad salchow to put himself in a surprise second with an 87.67. He has struggled with consistency since winning Skate America, his first competition of the season.
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Men’s short program
Former World champion Daisuke Takahashi was achingly close to a clean skate. He hit his quad toe, which has been inconsistent for him this season, but the triple toe his put at the end of his quad combo was downgraded. The rest of his program was clean and strong, and he is in third with an 85.72, 3.69 behind Chan.
Home favorite Brian Joubert, the third man in the field to have won this title, is in fourth after a clean short, scoring an 83.47, just ahead of Spain’s Javier Fernandez, who turned out of his triple axel to score a 81.87. France has two in the top six, with Florent Amodio in sixth after falling on his opening quad salchow.
U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott overcooked his opening triple flip-triple toe combination and took a fall early in the program. After recovering with a strong triple axel, he had a second mistake, doubling his solo triple lutz. The fall and the popped lutz were costly. He is in ninth, 11 points off the podium. Abbott is followed by teammate Adam Rippon, who had problems on both his triple axel and his trademark Rippon lutz.
MEN (after the short program)
1. Patrick Chan CAN – 89.41
2. Michal Brezina CZE – 87.67
3. Daisuke Takahashi JPN – 85.72
4. Brian Joubert FRA – 83.47
5. Javier Fernandez ESP – 81.87
6. Florent Amodio FRA – 79.96
7. Yuzuru Hanyu JPN – 77.07
8. Denis Ten KAZ – 76.00
9. Jeremy Abbott USA – 74.85
10. Adam Rippon USA – 73.55
11. Samuel Contest ITA – 73.55
12. Kevin Reynolds CAN – 72.95
13. Takahiko Kozuka JPN – 71.78
14. Tomas Verner CZE – 70.38
15. Nan Song CHN – 69.58
16. Artur Gachinski RUS – 68.50
17. Sergei Voronov RUS – 66.81
18. Kevin Van Der Perren BEL – 66.38
19. Misha Ge UZB – 65.29
20. Christopher Caluza PHI – 61.87
21. Viktor Pfeifer AUT – 60.61
22. Kim Lucine MON – 59.93
23. Peter Liebers GER – 58.21
24. Javier Raya ESP – 57.22
25. Maciej Cieplucha POL – 57.18
26. Alexander Majorov SWE – 56.57
27. Min-Seok Kim KOR – 55.41
28. Dmitri Ignatenko UKR – 52.93
29. Alexei Bychenko ISR – 52.76
30. Justus Strid DEN – 50.55
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