December 8, 2018 / 8:53 AM / 6 days ago

Figure skating - Chen tops Uno to take gold in Vancouver Grand Prix

FILE PHOTO: Figure Skating - ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating - 2018 Internationaux de France - Exhibition Gala - The Polesud, Grenoble, France - November 25, 2018 Nathan Chen of the U.S. performs during the Exhibition Gala REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot

(Reuters) - American Nathan Chen overcame an early stumble during his free skate to win the Grand Prix figure skating final on Friday in Vancouver, defeating rival Shoma Uno of Japan to take gold for the second consecutive year.

Chen finished with a total of 282.42 points, comfortably ahead of Uno’s 275.10, with 17-year-old Junhwan Cha of South Korea finishing third with 263.49 points.

“It’s a huge honour to be at the final with these two guys,” said Chen.

“They have brought a lot to skating and I’m glad to be able to share the ice with them,” he said.

“There are a lot of things I can work on and improve.”

Chen came into Friday’s free skate with a slim lead over Uno after Thursday’s short programme, where the favourites both made mistakes.

Skating to “Land of All” by Woodkid, Chen nailed his opening quadruple flip before failing to land the following quadruple Lutz.

But the 19-year-old reigning world champion more than made up for his mishap as the programme wore on, gaining confidence throughout his routine to seal a decisive victory before a supportive crowd in Western Canada.

Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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