Amer­i­can Chen wins gold at Grand Prix Fi­nal

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Reign­ing world cham­pion Nathan Chen took ad­van­tage of some ma­jor er­rors by Ja­pan’s Shoma Uno to cap­ture the men’s gold at the ISU Grand Prix Fig­ure Skat­ing Fi­nals on Fri­day.

Chen, who was also first af­ter Thurs­day’s short pro­gramme, picked up ear­lier grand prix wins at Skate Amer­ica and In­ter­na­tionaux de France.

De­spite a less than per­fect free skate him­self, Chen posted a to­tal score of 282.42 points to beat out run­ner-up Uno who fin­ished with 275.10 at the UBC Thun­der­bird Sports Cen­tre in Van­cou­ver, Canada.

“I made some mis­takes but was able to get back on track af­ter the mis­takes,” he said. “I def­i­nitely need to bump this up to the next level.”

South Korea’s Cha Jun-hwan fin­ished third with 263.49 points. Czech Michal Brez­ina (255.26) was fourth and crowd favourite Kee­gan Mess­ing (236.05) of Canada rounded out the top five.

Chen earned $25,000 for fin­ish­ing first while Uno col­lected $18,000.

Chen bounced back from a dis­ap­point­ing fifth-place fin­ish at the PyeongChang Olympics to win the world ti­tle by the largest mar­gin in his­tory.

Chen’s solid pro­gramme on Fri­day to ‘Land of All’ by Wood­kid, in­cluded a se­ries of quadru­ple jumps and a dif­fi­cult Lutz.

“This is the first (skate) of the long sea­son I have done with more than three quads,” he said. “I mostly wanted to im­prove on what I al­ready had in the last com­pe­ti­tion whether it be adding a new jump or clean­ing things up.” - AFP

US fig­ure skater Nathan Chen per­forms his free skate to ‘Land of All’ by Wood­kid at the UBC Thun­der­bird Sports Cen­tre in Van­cou­ver, Canada. - AFP photo

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