Chan wins third consecutive World title
Canada’s Patrick Chan took his third consecutive gold yesterday, at the 2013 World championships. Denis Ten of Kazakhstan won silver, the first ISU medal for his country and Javier Fernandez rose from seventh to earn the bronze. It was the first medal for Spain at ISU world figure skating championships.
Chan’s program to “La Boheme” was highlighted by a quad-triple toe combination, another quadruple toeloop and difficult spins and footwork, but he fell on a triple Lutz and underrotated triple Axel. Chan was ranked second in the free skating with 169.41 points but overall held on to first place at 267.78 points to win his third consecutive World title.
“It was good at beginning, I did two beautiful quads. The Lutz scared me, I lost momentum,” the 22-year-old said. “I feel good, will enjoy this day and week. It’s where I want to be heading into Sochi. I think the audience saved me. It is a two-program competition. I am thankful for that beautiful short program. Maybe I’m saving the long for the Olympics.” he added.
Performing to “The Artist” soundtrack, Ten reeled off a quadruple toeloop, a triple Axel-triple toeloop, another triple Axel as well as three more triples and two level-four spins. The skater from Kazakhstan earned a personal best score of 174.92 points and was ranked first in the free skating. Overall he racked up 266.48 points and remained in second place to win a historical medal for Kazakhstan.
“My dream has come true and I still can’t believe it all happened. I had rough skates this season; I had truly a hard time. When I did the quad I felt everything is going like my plan.” Ten commented.
Fernandez landed a quadruple toeloop, quadruple Salchow and five triples including an Axel in his Charlie Chaplin routine. He picked up 168.30 points and moved up to third at 249.06 points. “Today’s program was a little bit of everything. I had a great start, but also made some mistakes; I had some good jumps and some bad jumps as well. I am happy this season is done, it was a great season for me, I won many medals. It’s great to see how the work that you put into it actually starts to work. Now we have to get ready for next year and stop doing those little mistakes.” the European Champion explained.
2012 World bronze medalist Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN) pulled up from ninth to fourth with a strong free skating at 244.99 points. Four Continents Champion Kevin Reynolds (CAN) slipped from third to fifth as he underrotated three jumps (239.98 points). Grand Prix Final Champion Daisuke Takahashi (JPN) finished in sixth place (239.03 points).
Pairs’ Podium: 1. Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov (RUS) – 225.71; 2. Aliona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy (GER) – 205.56; 3. Meagan Duhamel/Eric Radford (CAN) – 204.56
Photo: Federación Española Deportes de Hielo