Figure skating-Boos and jeers greet Chan as he wins men's title

Reuters

Sat, 31 Mar 16:59:00 2012

Deafening boos, jeers and whistles could not wipe the smile off Patrick Chan's face on Saturday as he became the first male skater in six years to win back-to-back titles at the world championships despite crashing to the ice on a double Axel.

Twenty-four hours after Chan smoothed over the cracks in his short programme with what he called "his priceless expressions" and Oscar-winning acting skills, the 21-year-old had no place to hide when he fell while attempting the relatively simple jump.

While the crowd thought that mistake had handed the title to 2010 champion Daisuke Takahashi for his hypnotising 'Blues for Klook' free skate, the judges did not agree.

Chan topped the long programme standings with 176.70 despite incurring a two-point deduction and won the competition with a total of 266.11.

Takahashi, the only skater among the top three not to tumble, had to settle for his second successive silver after trailing by 6.45 points.

Teary-eyed teenager Yuzuru Hanyu made an instant impact at his first worlds after melting the hearts of French fans with his spellbinding routine to the soundtrack of "Romeo and Juliet".

The 17-year-old had not even been considered as a medal contender having finished seventh in the short programme but he won a standing ovation on Saturday with his fearless yet charming performance as the ill-fated lover.

Hanyu tripped while approaching a lift-off for a jump but as the mistake did not occur during one of his elements, he still earned a career best 173.99 for the long programme to compile a total of 251.06.

Michal Brezina's hopes of becoming the first Czech man to win a medal since the country broke away from Slovakia failed to materialise after he slumped from second to sixth following a sloppy showing on Saturday when he failed to pull off his two quads.

As Chan celebrated winning his ninth title in a row, a run that began in 2010, he also gave Canada their second title of these championships following Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir's success in the ice dance earlier in the week.

 

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