The American was gorgeous within the free skate after being third within the brief. 17-year-old Kagiyama holds regular for the silver medal, whereas Hanyu earns the bronze.
Name it a comeback for now three-time world champion Nathan Chen.
In third place after the brief program, the 21-year-old American roared again with a chilling free skate to seal a 3rd consecutive victory within the males’s singles occasion on the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday afternoon (28 March).
It is his tenth worldwide gold in a row heading into the Olympic season for Beijing 2022. Chen has not misplaced an occasion because the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Video games.
Chen jumped (fairly actually, hitting 5 quadruple jumps) previous two-time Olympic champion and brief program chief Hanyu Yuzuru, in addition to rising Japanese teenager Kagiyama Yuma, solely 17. Kagiyama held regular for silver, whereas Hanyu gained bronze.
Chen gained with an general rating of 320.88 (222.03 within the free), adopted by Kagiyama with 291.77 and Hanyu at 289.18.
“It is wonderful – the truth that we’re capable of be at this worlds after this unprecedented yr… I am very elated, I am very pleased,” Chen mentioned after his victory. “I attempted to remind myself to take pleasure in being right here. I do not know what number of extra worlds I will be at. In doing that, I used to be capable of be much more calm. Going the best way that it did, I am very pleased.”
2018 Olympic silver medallist Uno Shoma was a stronger model of himself vs. the brief program, rising from sixth to fourth.
American Jason Brown had a stirring free skate himself, touchdown an under-rotated quad Salchow – a rarity for him – and securing his spot among the many elite males with a seventh-place end.
Every of the U.S., Japan, and the Determine Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) secured three spots for subsequent yr’s Olympics, whereas Canada, France and the Republic of Korea have two.
Evgeni Semenenko was eighth, Kevin Aymoz ninth and Cha Jun-hwan tenth.
Extra to come back.
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Chen finds his finest when he wants it most
Like on the Olympics three years in the past, Chen used a disappointing brief program to carry his finest into the free skate.
In PyeongChang he was in seventeenth, too far off the highest skaters – Hanyu included. This time he was solely third, nevertheless, and eight factors again from Hanyu, who had been ethereal himself in a superb brief program.
Skating to a Philip Glass medley choreographed by Shae-Lynn Bourne, Chen’s lightness between jumps translated into explosive energy, as he hit a quadruple Lutz to open this system – the soar he fell on within the brief – then quad flip-triple toeloop together. From there, Chen would join on a triple Lutz, quad Salchow, quad toe-Euler-triple flip combo, quad toe-triple toe combo and a triple Axel to complete, a soar he mentioned he struggled with into the free.
“As quickly as I hit that [triple Axel], I felt a way of reduction that I had hit the whole lot into the step sequence,” Chen mentioned.
On his mentality, he mentioned not a lot modified from the brief to the free, solely reminding himself to benefit from the second: “It has been some time since I’ve skated at internationals, so I forgot the right way to mentally put together for these occasions.
“I simply attempt to remind myself how lucky we’re to be right here. That relaxes me. ‘Be right here, be current.’ We prepare for these moments, we dwell for these moments. With out these, it is pointless what we do day by day.” – Nathan Chen on his mentality
Olympic Channel’s Meryl Davis, the 2014 Olympic ice dance champion, was watching in from house. She mentioned about Chen:
“A grasp at work. From the onset, Nathan seemed to be very a lot within the zone and seeing the standing ovation from his fellow athletes on the finish actually says all of it; a lot respect for this distinctive athlete.”