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22:52 17 February 2017

Figure skating: Hanyu 3rd after men's short skate at Four Continents

GANGNEUNG, South Korea, Feb. 17, Kyodo

Japan's Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu had to make do with third place after the men's short program Friday at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.

Hanyu, aiming for his first title at this competition, looked slightly rusty and scored 97.04 points to finish behind American national champion Nathan Chen (103.12) and fellow Japanese Shoma Uno (100.28).

Skating to Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" Hanyu, who missed the national championships in December because of the flu and had not competed since, nailed his opening quad but his second one turned into a double salchow-triple toe loop combination jump at Gangneung Ice Arena.

"There is still work for me to do and I am left with a few regrets but I think I was able to do what I could. I just have to try and improve the things I am doing," said Hanyu.

He said his mistake on his quad salchow came about as a result of over thinking.

Uno, the national champion, opened with a slightly shaky quad flip but then landed a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combo. His excellent performance also included a triple axel and earned him at least 100 points for the first time.

"I prepared well both mentally and physically," said Uno. "I am happy that finally for the first time this season I have pulled all my jumps together."

"I am relieved. I can perform even better and get an even better score," he said.

China's Jin Boyang was fourth with 91.33 points and Canadian three-time world champion Patrick Chan was fifth with 88.46. Japan's Keiji Tanaka was 11th.

Japan's Kana Muramoto and Chris Reed place ninth in the ice dance won by Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Emi Hirai and Marien de la Asuncion were 12th.

The Four Continents, only open to skaters from Asia, Africa, the Americas and Oceania, is also serving as a test event for Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.

==Kyodo

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