STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – The confrontation between Yuzuru Hanyu and Nathan Chen was not a rivalry.
Japan’s Hanyu won the World Figure Skating Championships on Thursday, staying away from Chen when the American fell to his opening four, while Hanyu was perfect.
During the two Olympic cycles, Hanyu was the biggest attraction in the sport, each of which ended with him winning a gold medal. He showed why in a short program, which was full of difficulty, style, artistry, a ton of energy. The rotation of his body on the jumps. A quadrangular bow, a triple toe knot – a combination of a triple toe knot – was so fast that it was almost imperceptible. Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Have Fun” musical selection is in line with Hanyu’s raging performance, which, if there were an audience, would leave them as breathless as a non-skier.
There were no fans at the Ericsson Globe due to the coronavirus epidemic. If they were, they would surely spread the ice with Winnie the Pooh dolls, which have become a trademark of Hanyu. Famous trainer Brian Orser, with a Pooh bear holding a yuzu fruit (Japanese citrus) in his closet, jumped high with every shiny element of his skater.
There have been no such celebrations from Chen Camp. The two-time world defending rankings have not lost in competition since the 2018 Olympics. But he is now more than eight points behind Hanyu with 106.98 points. Hanyu’s compatriot, 17-year-old sensation Yuma Kagiyama, is in second place among the two favorites.
Chen, the last five U.S. title winner, struggled at the start of his program, as he did at the Pyeongchang Olympics. However, he assembled on Thursday with a quadruple stroke, attaching a triple finger knot to the end to give him the combination he needed. And his twists and turns were very difficult.
But the fall let him in.
Beyond the high level, it was a party as a pop festival for some high-class men: Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno, American Vincent Zhuong, Chinese Jin in Boyan.
2019 World Bronze Medalist Zhou. The event was canceled last March due to an epidemic, one of the worst skates of his young career. Ou ou fell on his square lute, spun low on his combined quadruple-triple finger knot, and then fell on his triple lute. Confused by such a bad performance, Zhou fell 25th և on Saturday could not win the free rink.
“Obviously, this is not a result I even wanted to consider entering this competition. “It’s frustrating,” he said. “It seems to me that I am disappointing my teammates, but talking about these issues will only make me worse. I will probably be miserable and not talk about it later. I can’t let it get to me today. “
Uno crashed hard on his triple axis, while the bronze nine, the world double bronze laureate, fell on the square lute, and then messed up the second jump in his combination. Uno came in sixth, Jim was 19th.
The once entertaining American ason Eason Brown, who does not have high jump men but is a master in all other aspects of the rink, was seventh.
Skating rink for couples late Thursday. Alexandra Boykova and Dmitry Kozlovsky of Russia have a 2.54-point advantage over two-time world winners Sui Wenjing and Han Kong of China. The two American couples are sixth and seventh, respectively.