Chen tops Hanyu to win men's free skate at World Team Trophy

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USA's Nathan Chen performs during the men's free skating program of the ISU World Team Trophy figure skating competition in Osaka, western Japan, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

OSAKA – Three-time world champion Nathan Chen won the free skate at the figure skating World Team Trophy on Friday to continue his dominance of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu.

First after the short program, Chen opened with a quadruple flip and landed a quad salchow in the first half of his routine set to a selection of music by Philip Glass.

Winner of the past five U.S. titles, Chen landed two more quadruple toeloops as part of combination jumps to score 203.24 points.

Hanyu, who was second after the short program, opened with a quad loop but could only manage a single salchow instead of a planned quad salchow on his second jump. He added two quad toeloops later in his program and finished with 193.76 points.

Russian skater Mikhail Kolyada was third with 180.72 points.

Chen became the first American since Scott Hamilton to win a third consecutive World Figure Skating Championships men’s title in Stockholm, Sweden, last month where he also beat Hanyu.

Chen has not lost a competition since the 2018 Olympics.

The biennial World Team Trophy features the six best figure skating teams from the 2020-21 season.