Boyang Jin of China is poised for gold after a strong performance in the Men’s Short Program at the ISU Grand Prix Shiseido Cup of China in Chongqing (CHN) on Friday. Han Yan (CHN) sits in second, comfortably ahead of Yudong Chen (CHN).
Boyang Jin only had two weeks to prepare for his routine ahead of the Shiseido Cup of China © International Skating Union (ISU)
Skating to “Trio in D” and “Mechanisms” by Kirill Richter, Jin nailed a quad Lutz right out of the gate and followed up with a quad toe-double toe combination and a triple Axel. The two-time ISU World bronze medalist picked up a level four for his spins and footwork to score 103.94 points.
“I did not have so much time to prepare for this competition and this is a new choreography,” he said. “I got the program and new skating boots at the end of September. Two weeks ago I performed this program for the first time at a test skate and today was only the second time.”
Yan delivered a very smooth performance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri that featured a big triple Axel, triple flip-triple toeloop combination and triple Lutz as well as three level-four spins. He earned 92.56 points.
Han Yan (CHN) sits in second after his smooth performance to 'A Thousand Years' by Christina Perri © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I was able to do what I can do in practice and I did not do anything too difficult technically. It went smoothly,” Yan said. “I do not set too high goals for this competition. I just want to put out two good programs for the audience to enjoy.”
Newcomer Chen produced a triple flip-triple toe, triple Lutz and difficult spins and footwork in his routine set to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai. The only glitch came when he touched down on his triple Axel. The 16-year-old was awarded 75.74 points.
“I am not so pleased with my triple Axel that was not good,” Chen said. “I hope to skate better technically tomorrow (in the Free Skating).”
Yudong Chen (CHN) performed a tricky routine to 'Canned Heat' by Jamiroquai © International Skating Union (ISU)
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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2020
- Shiseido Cup of China, Chongqing (CHN) – November 6-8
- Rostelecom Cup, Moscow (RUS) – November 20-22
- NHK Trophy, Osaka (JPN) – November 27-29
- ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final – Beijing (CHN) postponed
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final that was to be held as an Olympic Test Event on December 10-13 has been postponed. The ISU, in consultation with all stakeholders and considering the pandemic developments, is evaluating the continuation of the 2020/21 season, in particular the re-scheduling possibilities for the important Olympic Test Events.
About ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series
The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Series started in 1995 (previously known a s the ISU Champions Series) and consists of six invitational international senior events and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. Due to the current situation, the usual selection criteria do not apply. Please see the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating page for further information.