Chan and Ra­dionova fin­ish strongly to win at Cup of China

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BEI­JING: Three-time world cham­pion Pa­trick Chan of Canada re­bounded from a sub­par short pro­gram to cap­ture the Cup of China on Satur­day, while Elena Ra­dionova won the ladies event for her first Grand Prix vic­tory of the year. Chan, who also won Skate Canada ear­lier this sea­son, was third af­ter the men’s short pro­gram, but landed a quadru­ple-triple toe com­bi­na­tion, quadru­ple toe and two triple Ax­els to fin­ish first in the free skate with a score 196.31. He had a com­bined to­tal of 279.72.

“The pro­gram felt very me­thod­i­cal,” said Chan, whose only mis­step was a fall on a quad sal­chow. “Even af­ter the fall on the quad sal­chow, I did not panic. I got up and started do­ing the pro­gram as I do it at home.” Jin Boyang of China, the leader af­ter the short pro­gram, fin­ished sec­ond with a score of 278.54, while Sergei Voronov of Rus­sia was third. Ra­dionova, who was sec­ond af­ter the ladies short pro­gram, re­ceived 135.15 points for her free skate to fin­ish with a to­tal of 205.90. The 17-year-old Rus­sian un­der-ro­tated on her open­ing triple lutz-triple toeloop com­bi­na­tion and was de­ducted points on a triple flip, but com­pleted all of her re­main­ing jumps to win her first GP event since last year’s Rost­ele­com Cup in Moscow.

“My per­for­mance was not flaw­less to­day,” she said. “But it was the best per­for­mance of the sea­son as for the jumps and the skat­ing over­all.” Kaet­lyn Os­mond of Canada, the leader af­ter the short pro­gram, fin­ished sec­ond over­all with 196.00 points and Rus­sia’s El­iza­veta Tuk­tamy­sheva, the 2015 world cham­pion, was third.

Ashley Wag­ner of the United States, the 2016 world sil­ver medal­ist, fin­ished sixth, one place ahead of com­pa­triot Karen Chen.

In the pairs, the new team of Yu Xiaoyu and Zhang Hao won the gold af­ter scor­ing 131.27 points in the free skate de­spite a fall by Zhang on a side-by-side triple toeloop. They had a to­tal score of 203.76.

“I made a big mis­take on the jump, I think the last time I made that kind of mis­take in com­pe­ti­tion was at the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games,” Zhang said. “Maybe it was the pres­sure to skate in front of a home crowd.”

China’s Peng Cheng and Jin Yang were sec­ond and Canada’s Li­ubov Ilyushechk­ina and Dy­lan Moscov­itch were third.

Maia Shibu­tani and Alex Shibu­tani of the United States won the ice dance com­pe­ti­tion with 185.13 points af­ter plac­ing first in the free dance. Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn Weaver and An­drew Poje were sec­ond, fol­lowed by Rus­sian skaters Alexan­dra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin. The Cup of China is the fifth event in the In­ter­na­tional Skat­ing Union’s Grand Prix Series. The sixth and final com­pe­ti­tion is the NHK Tro­phy which will be held in Sap­poro, Ja­pan, on Nov. 26-27.

— AFP

BEI­JING: Pa­trick Chan of Canada per­forms dur­ing the gala ex­hi­bi­tion at the Cup of China ISU Grand Prix of Fig­ure Skat­ing in Bei­jing yes­ter­day.

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