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Chan puts Canada top at worlds

02 april 2012, 23:44
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Canadian Patrick Chan performs in the men's short program during the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. ©AFP
Canadian Patrick Chan performs in the men's short program during the 2012 World Figure Skating Championships. ©AFP
(From L to R) Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, Canada's Patrick Chan and Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. ©AFP
(From L to R) Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, Canada's Patrick Chan and Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu. ©AFP
Canada's Patrick Chan poses with his medal on the podium after winning the Men Free program. ©AFP
Canada's Patrick Chan poses with his medal on the podium after winning the Men Free program. ©AFP
Patrick Chan may have been jeered by the crowd after a less than perfect free skate but he nevertheless ensured that Canada are the top figure skating nation with less than two years to go until the 2014 Olympics, AFP reports.

The 21-year-old sealed his second consecutive men's title here on Saturday after Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir took their second ice dancing crown after 2010.

With the final worlds before the 2014 Winter Olympics taking place next year in London, Ontario, all the signs are good that the Canadians could do better in Sochi than their two medals - gold and bronze - at home in Vancouver two years ago.

"Our sport is like a wave, and here, we've risen very high," said Chan.

"Worlds next year in London will be even crazier (than Nice), or Sochi then for the Russians," he said.

The son of Hong Kong immigrants who settled in Ottawa, Ontario, Chan blamed "lack of maturity" for his fifth place in Vancouver, and warned that he was getting even better.

"Now when I skate I forget everything, I'm free."

Virtue and Moir won the see-saw north American battle for ice dancing against reigning champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States.

The two couples are trained by Russian coaches Marina Zueva and Igor Shpilband in Michigan, with the rivalry which saw them finish 1-2 in Vancouver looking set to be renewed in the Canadians home-town of London next year.

As well as topping the medals table, Canada also had a hand in giving Japan their first ever pairs medal with Canadian-born skater Mervin Tran winning the bronze representing Japan with Narumi Takahashi. The couple train in Quebec.

The Japanese had mixed fortures on the French Riveria however just two years after Daisuke Takahashi and Mao Asada saw them hold both singles titles.

Japan have won four of the last six ladies titles with Miki Ando keeping them on the top of the women's podium last year in Moscow.

But despite Daisuke Takahashi and Yuzuru Hangu putting two Japanese men on the podium for the first time with their silver and bronze medals, their women had a disappointing worlds with Akiko Suzuki winning a bronze.

Asada, the 2008 and 2010 world champion, finished a disappointing sixth after failing on both her attempts to land her trademark three-and-a-half revolution triple axel jump which she is the only woman to attempt.

"Since I came to Nice somehow something went very wrong, I don't know what it is," said Asada. "I am really, really disappointed."

Team veteran Suzuki however found herself on the women's podium for the first time at the age of 27 years with bronze, as 17-year-old Kanako Murakami, who had been second after the short programme, dropped to fifth.

Carolina Kostner, a four-time European champion, claimed hers and Italy's first world women's title ten years after her first appearance at the worlds - to add to her bronze in 2005 and 2011 and silver in 2008.

Olympic hosts Russia went home with just two medals for the second straight year.

Alena Leonova's silver put them back on the women's podium for the first time since 2005, but their men had a disastrous championship as Sergei Voronov and last year's bronze medallist Artur Gachinski finished 17th and 18th.

But their pairs team Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov proved themselves a force to be reckoned with.

Volsozhar and Trankov took their second silver after an amazing free skate which saw them jump from eighth after the short programme to finish just 0.11 behind four-time winners Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany.

Pairs-skating powers China failed to medal for the first time in 14 years as veterans Pang Qing and Tong Jian finished fourth.

Ashley Wagner meanwhile saved the United States from being down to just one spot at the 2013 worlds, the qualifier for Sochi, as she placed fourth after being eighth after the short programme on the final day.

The US needed to finish with a combined placement of 28 or better to keep their two spots, and Alissa Czisny had finished just 22nd.


By Emmeline Moore

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