World records fall as Chen ruins Hanyu's birthday party

Sports | Agence France-Presse 9 Dec 2019

US figure skating sensation Nathan Chen set new world record scores on his way to a third consecutive men's gold at the Grand Prix Final in Turin.

Two-time world champion Chen, 20, blew away his Japanese rival Yuzuru Hanyu with an overall score of 335.30 points after his free skate to Elton John's Rocket Man. Double Olympic champion Hanyu took silver with 291.43 points.

Taking to the ice last, Chen had a long wait for the rink to be cleared of the hundreds of Winnie The Pooh soft toys and gifts thrown onto the ice by Hanyu's adoring fans on the skater's 25th birthday.

Chen bettered his own record scores from last year's world championships in the free skate by 8.9 points and the overall record by nearly 12 points.

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