Gold medalist Boyang Jin is flanked by silver medalist Han Yan and Yudong Chen, who took bronze © International Skating Union (ISU)
China’s golden boy Boyang Jin easily jumped to his second, consecutive Cup of China Men's title in Chongqing Saturday. Han Yan (CHN) continued his comeback with a repeat of last year’s silver medal and newcomer Yudong Chen (CHN) earned the bronze on his debut at an ISU senior-level Grand Prix event.
Performing to “The House of Rising Sun”, Jin – whose name means ‘gold’ in Chinese – reeled off a quad Lutz, quad toe-double toe, triple Axel-Euler-triple Salchow and another triple Axel. However, the two-time World bronze medalist touched down with his hand on the second quad toe and fell on the back end of a triple Lutz-triple toe combination. He scored 186.95 points and racked up 290.89 points overall.
“I am really pleased considering that I had only really prepared for two weeks and I had only one run-through of my program before,” Jin said. “There is still a lot to improve, jumps to add. I did like 70 percent of the program.”
Performing to 'The House of Rising Sun', Jin scored 186.95 points to clinch the gold medal for the second year running © International Skating Union (ISU)
Yan continued his comeback with a pristine performance to “La La Land”, featuring a triple Axel-triple toe combination, triple Lutz and five more triple jumps. Two spins and the step sequence garnered a level four. The multiple Chinese champion picked up 172.25 points and totalled 264.81 points.
“I showed the level I have at this point,” Yan said. “I aimed for a calm, steady performance. The people that love figure skating are very young and maybe don’t know that I can do quads. I want to prove myself in the future and do the quad Salchow and quad toe.”
Chen put out an enjoyable performance to “Micmacs a tire-larigot”, completing a triple Axel and seven more triples. He only stepped out of a double Axel. The 16-year-old newcomer received 150.47 points, making 226.21 overall.
Yudong Chen took bronze on his senior debut © International Skating Union (ISU)
“I am very happy with what I did here,” Chen said. “In the future I want to add more difficult jumps to my program. This was my first competition with the senior-level skaters and I have learned a lot.”
He Zhang (CHN) remained in fourth place with 209.74 points after a solid performance that included a triple Axel-triple toeloop combination. Zhiming Peng (CHN) landed a quad Salchow-double toeloop to finish fifth on 196.28 points.
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ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2020
- 2020 Guaranteed Rate Skate America, Las Vegas (USA) – October 22-24
- 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.