World champion Chan struggles at World Team Trophy

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM

TOKYO (AP) — Patrick Chan of Canada finished fifth in the free skate at the World Team Trophy on Friday, falling three times in a routine the three-time world champion called frustrating.

Chan, who was first after the short program on Thursday, started off well with a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination but things went downhill after that. He fell on the triple axel, the triple-lutz-double toeloop and the double axel.

"It's frustrating to end the season like this," Chan said. "I don't really have a choice for this competition and did it for the team. I had a good season with the world championships but it's hard to travel all this way, my body is not happy competing at this time of year."

Japan's Daisuke Takahashi topped the free skate with 168.65 points while Canada's Kevin Reynolds was second with 164.13. Max Aaron of the United States was third with 159.24.

Takahashi hit his opening quad and was good enough to lead despite mistakes on three combo jumps.

"I wanted to do the quad without worrying too much about it," Takahashi said. "I wasn't completely satisfied with my routine, but was glad I could help my team."

The United States moved into first place in the overall standings thanks to the win by Madison Chock and Evan Bates in the ice dance final. Canada was second while Japan was third heading into the final day of competition.

Chock and Bates won with 164.91 points, followed by Canadians Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje (160.08) and Russians Ksenia Monko and Kirill Khaliavin (149.27).

Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov led after the pairs short program, Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were second and French couple Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres finished third.

The World Team Trophy brings together selected skaters from the six countries that scored the highest combined points at major senior and junior competitions. For the first time a team event, which differs slightly to the World Team Trophy format, will be included in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The competition wraps up Saturday with the pairs and women's free programs.

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