Chan leads with comfortable margin

Patrick Chan at Rostelecom Cup 2012

Reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada took the lead in men’s at the Rostelecom Cup. Konstantin Menshov of Russia edged out Takahiko Kozuka of Japan for the second place.

Patrick Chan opened his routine to an Elegy by Sergei Rachmaninov with a quad toe-single toe combination but rallied back to hit a triple Axel, triple Lutz and a level-four flying sit spin. The two-time World Champion scored 85.44 points, a new season’s best. “I always feel shaky after waiting, skating last. I got on the ice, got ready for the quad. I felt kind of off-balance, a combination of being nervous, excited and anxious. When I did the quad I was so surprised I did it so I just did a single toe. But I’m very happy with the triple Axel. The footwork and spins felt very comfortable.” Chan commented at a press conference.

Konstantin Menshov‘s program to the “Pina” soundtrack included a triple Axel, quadruple-triple toeloop combination and a triple Lutz. The 2011 Russian Champion set a new seasons best with 76.73 points. “I am glad that I did all my jumps, especially the triple Lutz as in three (previous) competitions this season I missed it and did a double Lutz. I am not very pleased with my step sequence, though. I grew tired and I only could think of how hard it will be to skate tomorrow.” the 29-year-old said.

Skating to “Exodus Symphony”, Takahiko Kozuka produced a triple Lutz-triple toe combination but two-footed and underrotated his quad toe and also stumbled on his triple Axel to earn 76.34 points. “Today I made many small mistakes, therefore I got this score. I want to fix some things for tomorrow and I hope to skate perfect free program”, the 2011 World silver medalist said.

Zhan Bush (RUS) finished fourth at 74.50 points and Artur Gachinski (RUS) is currently ranked fifth with 74.07 points. Michal Brezina (CZE) rounds up the top six at 73.83 points.

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