November 15, 2013, Paris (ISN) – World champion Patrick Chan of Toronto broke his world record score in Friday’s short program to stand first in men’s competition at the Trophee Eric Bompard ISU Grand Prix figure skating competition.
Chan earned 98.52 points which bettered his previous world best of 98.37 set at the world championships last March. He also improved his score by more than 10 points from last month’s Skate Canada. The main difference was successfully landing his quad-triple toe jump on Friday.
“I wasn’t feeling completely at my best but I put in the work and the training,” said Chan. “When you do that it allows you to deliver a solid performance like this. I didn’t expect that kind of score this early in the season but it doesn”t change my mentality or my approach for the rest of the year.”
Yazuru Hanyu of Japan is second at 95.37 and Jason Brown of the U.S., third at 84.77.
In pairs, Qing Pang and Jian Tong of China lead with 67.69 points. World championship bronze medallists Meagan Duhamel of Lively, Ont., and Eric Radford of Balmertown, Ont., stand second at 66.07 and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov of Russia are third at 65.67.
Natasha Purich of Sherwood Park, Alta., and Mervin Tran of Regina are sixth at 55.89.
The ice dance and women’s short programs are later Friday.
Free skates in all four events are on Saturday.
Full results: http://www.isuresults.com/results/gpfra2013/