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Record-breaking Chan soars to gold at figure skating worlds, Denis Ten from Kazakhstan came in 14th

28 april 2011, 20:19
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Canada's Patrick Chan (C) smiles on the podium near Japan's Takahito Kozuka (L) and Russia's Artur Gachinski. ©AFP
Canada's Patrick Chan (C) smiles on the podium near Japan's Takahito Kozuka (L) and Russia's Artur Gachinski. ©AFP
Denis Ten. ©Reuters/Grigory Dukor
Denis Ten. ©Reuters/Grigory Dukor
Patrick Chan. ©RIA Novosti
Patrick Chan. ©RIA Novosti
Canada's Patrick Chan blew away his rivals to claim his first world gold with another record-setting performance at the world figure skating championships here on Thursday, AFP reports.

The 20-year-old finally stood on top of the podium after being runner-up for the past two years, achieving new world records in the free skate and overall totals.

Japan's Takahito Kozuka moved up from sixth after the short programme to take silver with 17-year-old Russian Artur Gachinski taking the bronze in his first worlds.

Kozuka scored 258.41 overall and Gachinski 241.86.

Denis Ten, 17, from Kazakhstan moved down from tenth to 14th place after the short program and was more than 70 points behind the leader.

He twice failed to make a tripple axel although he sucessfully performed it in his short program.

In the last championship in Turin Denis Ten was one place higher than this time.

His coach Frank Caroll said that next season Denis will have a quadruple jump in his program.

Defending champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan slumped to fifth after stopping minutes into his routine to repair a problem to his boot.

A day after setting a world record in the short programme, Chan achieved 187.96 for his free skate to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantasia giving him a total score of 280.98.

He overtook the previous world marks in both, 175.84 and 264.41 respectively achieved by Takahashi at the 2008 Four Continents to finish a massive 22.57 points ahead of qualifier Kozuka.

The Canadian hit two quadruple jumps including a quad-triple combination among seven triple jumps with the only glitch in an action-packed four-and-a-half minute routine a stumble on his triple axel.


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