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Chan wins Four Continents

Canadian world champion Patrick Chan won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Friday night.
Patrick Chan poses with the gold medal after winning the Men's Competition during the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at World Arena on February 10, 2012 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Canadian world champion Patrick Chan won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Friday night.

The Toronto native shook off a poor morning practice session by nailing his program in the men's free skate, posting a season-best 185.99 points to claim the titles with 273.94 points.

He easily out-distanced Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, the Vancouver Olympics bronze medallist and defending Four Continents champion. Takahashi earned 161.74 points in the free skate and 244.33 overall.

American Ross Miner, the 2012 U.S. bronze medallist , survived a fall in the free skate to post a season-best 146.34-point score and earn the bronze at 223.23 points. He narrowly edged fellow American Adam Rippon for a spot on the medal stand. Rippon had a season-best 146.63-point score to finish at 221.55.

Lacoste, Phaneuf struggle

Canada's Amelie Lacoste and Cynthia Phaneuf are in a near deadlock with a world championship team berth on the line at the ISU Four Continents figure skating championships.

Lacoste, the reigning Canadian champion from Delson, Que., is seventh after the women's short program Friday with 51.72 points.

Phaneuf, from Contrecoeur, Que., trails in eighth at 50.76 points.

The Canadian women's entry for world championships will be named following their performances at this week's competition.

"I'm disappointed with my performance," said Lacoste. "My training has been very strong since the nationals with many perfect runs. I missed my triple Lutz today, which I have been landing successfully all week. All I can do is forget about this and start fresh tomorrow."

Phaneuf fell twice in her program and had trouble finding her rhythm early on.

"I think I just warmed up too much and lost my legs," she said. "But I'm still in contention for the world championship berth and tomorrow is going to be like a new competition."

Mao Asada of Japan, the 2010 world champion, leads at 64.25, recently crowned American champion Ashley Wagner is second at 64.07 and Kanako Murakami of Japan follows in third at 63.45.

Alexandra Najarro of Richmond Hill, Ont., stands 14th.

The women's free skate is on Saturday night.

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