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Chan leads after short program at World Team Trophy

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The Canadian Press
4/11/2013 10:14:29 AM
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TOKYO -- Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada led after the men's short program on the opening day of the figure skating World Team Trophy on Thursday.

Chan fell on his opening quad and was shaky on the landing of his triple axel but finished with 86.67 points for a commanding lead over Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, who was second with 80.87. Konstantin Menshov of Russia was third with 80.60.

"I really accomplished my goal at the world championships and this is more icing on the cake," Chan said. "This is a team event and I was very happy to help the team. I think we have a pretty good chance of winning here."

Japan led the standings with 47 points after the first day thanks to strong performances from Takahashi and Akiko Suzuki, who was second in the women's short program. The United States also had 47 points but was second because of Japan's two second-place finishes. Russia was third with 41 points while Canada was in fourth with 34.

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia led the women's short with 67.13 points ahead of Suzuki on 66.56. Gracie Gold of the United States was third with 60.98.

Japan's Mao Asada finished fifth after falling on her opening triple axel.

"I couldn't do the triple cleanly in practice and that carried over to the competition," Asada said. "Japan is first thanks to Akiko's good performance. I'll try to do better in the free skate with Akiko."

Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, N.L., was seventh and Toronto's Gabrielle Daleman was 12th.

Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States lead ice dance after their short program with 66.54 followed by Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, 62.42, and Russians Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin, 59.47.

The competition continues on Friday with the pairs short program, the ice dance free program and the men's free skate.

The World Team Trophy brings together selected skaters from the six countries that scored the highest combined points at major senior and junior competitions during the 2012-13 season. For the first time a team event, which differs slightly to the World Team Trophy format, will be included in the program of next year's Sochi Winter Olympics.

Patrick Chan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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