Yesterday, men competed their SP without Jeremy Abbot, who withrawed form 4CC due to back spasms that have also affected his right hip. Chan takes the lead beating Takahashi on the quad. A surprising Mura into second.
Chan put both hands down and stepped out of his opening quad toe (I ask myself if it couldn't be called a fall and given a detraction, given that the hand down was really severe [A/N: ISU rule 353 states that a fall is defined as loss of control by a Skater with the result that the majority of his/her own body weight is on the ice supported by any other part of the body other than the blades e.g. hand(s), knee(s), back, buttock(s) or any part of the arm]; ok, Patrick Chan fans don't kill me, no offense intended, but I found this pic pretty funny and it summarise the contentious pretty well), but the rest of his short program was pretty solid, including a triple axel and a triple lutz-triple toe combination.
Mura was the only one of the top three skaters to hit the quad toe and skate a clean program.
Takahashi’s fall on his opening quad toe, which was called underrotated by the judging panel, kept him from challenging Chan.
Triple axel, triple flip-triple toe, triple lutz... Very strong program and really well done.
Triple flip-triple toe, triple axel, triple lutz, where he fell: he was leaning a bit and was too slow on the landing to hang on.
Triple lutz, triple salchow-double toe, double axel. He almost trips out of the back crossfoot spin.
Double axel, triple lutz (fall), triple flip-double toe.