Figure skating world championship: Chen wins another title with a perfect free-style


World Figure Skating Championships

The American Nathan Chen won his third world title in figure skating in Stockholm on Saturday. The 21-year-old had triumphed in 2018 and 2019 and now followed seamlessly after the World Cup cancellation from the previous year due to the coronavirus. Chen impressed with a fantastic freestyle based on five quadruple jumps, with which he worked his way up from third place with 320.88 points.

“I wanted to enjoy it here and I’m very happy now,” said Chen, who has been unbeaten since his 2018 World Cup success. To the music of the US composer Philip Glass, he managed a show that has probably never been seen in the history of the World Cup – four-fold Rittberger, Salchow, Flip and two toe loops as well as two triple Axel. The fact that the 21-year-old was able to add artistic accents between the perfect sentences rounded off the freestyle to an ice skating work of art.

Silver and bronze went to the Japanese Yuma Kagiyama and Yuzuru Hanyu. The emotional state of the two was different. Kagiyama, who was exactly four years younger than Chen to the day, was thrilled, despite being more than 29 points behind Chen, after holding second place in the short program with the second-best freestyle on his World Cup debut. The two-time Olympic champion Hanyu, on the other hand, fell from the top with only the fourth-best freestyle, for the 26-year-old it remains with his two World Cup titles from 2014 and 2017. With Shuma Uno, Japan also went fourth.

Zandron missed the freestyle and the Olympic ticket

Austria’s participant Maurizio Zandron missed the freestyle on Thursday as the 29th of the short program and thus also missed an Olympic quota. The Nebelhorn Trophy will remain in Oberstdorf in September as a second chance to participate in Beijing in 2022.

Austria was nevertheless represented in the top field in Stockholm, as the sixth-placed Canadian Keegan Messing is looked after by Ralph Burghart, seven-time national champion and Austrian Olympic participant (18th place) in 1992.

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Figure skating world championship Chen wins title perfect freestyle


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