PARIS - Three-time world champion Patrick Chan improved his own world record in the men's short program to take the lead at the Trophee Bompard on Friday.
The Toronto native warmed up with a perfectly executed quad toeloop-triple toeloop jump, nailed a triple axel and a triple lutz and rounded his program off with a lightning fast step sequence to score 98.52 points. He earned 98.37 at the worlds in March.
That inspired Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu, who followed Chan onto the ice and got the crowd going with an energetic performance to move into second place with 95.37. American skater Jason Brown is in third place with 84.77 heading into Saturday's free skate.
Earlier, Olympic runners-up Pang Qing and Tong Jian took the lead in the pairs competition after the short program ahead of world bronze medallists Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.