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Chan takes huge lead with world record short program

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 1

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Dave Sandford

Canadian figure skater Patrick Chan all but locked up his third straight world title Wednesday with a world record performance in his short program.

His 98.37, highlighted by a quad-toe, triple-toe opening combo, was enough to put him nearly seven points up on the field heading into Friday.

“I got into my last spin and there was this rush of tingling,” said Chan, who shook his fists with excitement following his performance. “It was amazing, you can only feel that once in a lifetime.”

Denis Ten of Kazakhstan currently sits in second with 91.56 points, and Chan’s national teammate Kevin Reynolds is more than 13 points back in third place. U.S. national champ Max Aaron is in eight
with a lot of ground to make up.