American skater Abbott takes men's event
American Jeremy Abbott came back from a fall on his opening jump to edge Japan's Nobunari Oda for the men's figure skating title at the Cup of China on Saturday in Shanghai.
Abbott was in third place following Friday's short program, but took gold after disastrous performances by the two men ahead of him after the short, Russia's Artur Gachinski and Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu.
Two-time U.S. champion Abbott finished with an overall total of 228.49 points, just 1.38 ahead of Oda.
Nan Song of China was third, and Hanyu had two falls in his performance to finish fourth.
Gachinski, leader after the short, fell on his opening quad toe loop, stumbled on the landing of his second jump, a triple Axel, and then popped a triple Salchow to tumble to fifth overall.
Abbott, who did not match Gachinski and Hanyu by doing a quadruple jump in the short program, fell on his opening jump in the free skate, a quad toe loop. He also singled a triple Axel, but didn't take another spill.
"The first thing you learn in skating is to fall down and stand back up," Abbott said. "You never want to fall in a competition, but I guess mine came off the top of my program and if I were to let it affect me, then I have a whole four minutes and 15 seconds of torture left so I try to just put it behind me."
Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, B.C., was seventh, scoring the second-highest technical score for a program that included two clean quad jumps. He also nailed a triple-triple-triple combo for the first time in his career.
"It was my first time with this long program and there were some good moments," said Reynolds. "There are some things to improve upon but it's a decent start."
With files from The Canadian Press