Figure skating-Chen leads after historic performance, Hanyu, Fernandez still to skate

Figure skating-Chen leads after historic performance, Hanyu, Fernandez still to skate

Yuzuru Hanyu would like to thank his ankle. The "Quad King" - as figure skating aficionados call him - couldn't land the jumps that had built him into an Olympic contender.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu clinched the title with compatriot Shoma Uno second and Javier Fernandez of Spain third.

But Watabe, who settled for a close silver in the Nordic combined normal hill 10-kilometer event, said Saturday he was in awe of Hanyu's gold medal-winning performance earlier in the day, that it was nothing short of inspiring.

"My most important thing at this competition was to deliver in the team skate, get a bronze medal for the United States, and I was able to do that", Rippon said.

Hanyu joins Sweden's Gillis Grafstrom (1920, 1924, 1928), Austria's Karl Schafer (1932 and 1936) and the USA's Dick Button (1948 and 1952) as the only men to win successive Olympic gold medals in this event. On Saturday, he nailed virtually every element.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan after competing during the Men's Single Free Program. He ultimately tallied an 87.47 technical component score and a 171.41 the overall free skate.

China's Jin Boyang finished fourth with 297.77 points.

The two stand in 12th and 17th places, respectively. "But I'm really happy with what I did here", he said.

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"I want to give the skate of my life", he told reporters at a press conference before he skated.

In the field of 24, Rippon was one of just four skaters who didn't plan or perform a quad.

Hanyu posted the highest score ever for a short program with 112.72 points back in the Fall of 2017. That caused a minor delay while a flock of children skated out to gather them, even though Chen insisted that it didn't bother his concentration. "I might as well go out, throw everything down and see what happens", Chen told NBC. Skating in the fourth of five sections often makes it hard to score too highly, but Aliev shattered that with a strong technical program.

US speed skater Maame Biney finished last in her 1500m short track heat, marking the second disappointing run for the 18-year-old who also finished last in Tuesday's 500m quarterfinals.

"Four years is a pretty long time", he said. "Now I can sleep, I can rest and I can really enjoy it with my people around me". Instead, Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who had never made the podium in 23 World Cup alpine races and also competes in snowboarding, shot to first 0.01 seconds. "Obviously, that's not what I wanted to do on my first Olympic run but I'm also upset that I sort of let the rest of the team down". "I went home and lay in bed and tried to relax a bit".

"You know, it was awesome".

He said, "Definitely, there was a lot about redemption". Six landed quads is an Olympic record, five of them clean. He earned a season's best of 197.66 in the long for a total of 305.24.

"I had to wake up at 4 o'clock this morning", Zhou said.