Chan wins 2nd-straight Worlds figure skating title
Canada's Patrick Chan claimed his second consecutive world figure skating title Saturday.
Chan, 21, scored 170.70 to win the free skate to "Concierto de Aranjuez" even though he stumbled on his double Axel. His final point total was 266.11.
"It's a big relief," an elated Chan told CTV News Channel Saturday. "It's a big weight off my shoulders," he said in a telephone interview from the competition in Nice, France.
"For myself, I had a lot of expectations going into this competition, it's the last competition of the season . . . to do it under those circumstances, it's just great and I'm happy and relieved and I can't wait to share it with everyone back home," Chan said.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was second with a total of 259.66, while countryman Yuzura Hanyu was third with 251.06. Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was 12th.
Chan hasn't lost a competition in more than a year. He landed two quad jumps early in the program and looked poised to run away with the victory before his uncharacteristic fall on his takeoff on the Axel with about a minute to go in the program.
There appeared to be some disagreement from the crowd at the Palais des Expositions over the judging, some who booed and whistled when Chan's winning score was announced.
"It was the hardest competition so far in my career," Chan said in an earlier interview. "On the double Axel, it was a combination of being a bit late to the music and it's a long program. I lost concentration a bit."
The Toronto native won gold at last year's world championships in Moscow to become the first Canadian to win back-to-back world titles in any discipline since Elvis Stojko in 1994 and '95.
He's the first skater to win consecutive men's titles since Switzerland's Stephane Lambiel in 2005 and '06.
Reynolds' 12th-place finish guarantees three entries for Canada in men's singles at next year's world championships in London, Ont.
Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their second world title earlier in the week.
With files from The Canadian Press