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Nathan Chen lays waste to field to win figure skating worlds title

American Nathan Chen crushed the competition at the figure skating world championships in Milan, Italy on Saturday, leaving nobody even close to competing for gold.

American scores 321.40, over 47 points higher than 2nd place

American Nathan Chen scored huge at the world figure skating championships in Milan, Italy, running away with the men's title. (Miguel Medina/Getty Images)

Nathan Chen's redemption is complete.

While all of his top competitors fell, the 18-year-old Chen completed six quadruple jumps in the free program on Saturday to become the first U.S. winner of the men's world figure skating title since 2009.

For the rest, it was a fallathon: 14 sprawls, splats, and tumbles among five competitors as they attempted the all-mighty quad. There were three falls by silver medallist Shoma Uno of Japan, who matched his Olympic silver, and two by Mikhail Kolyada of Russia, who took bronze.

Chen skated to a total score of 321.40, nearly 50 points higher than any other competitor, to capture his 1st career world title at the ISU Figure Skating World Championships in Milan, Italy. 7:51

Skating last, Chen said he knew the others made mistakes — though not quite how bad — and that gave him the freedom to attempt six quads, knowing he had room for error.

Chen scored 219.46 in the free program, completing six quads, to give him a total score of 321.40, both the second highest of all-time.

Uno finished with a total score of 273.77 over 47 points back of Chen.

Canada's Keegan Messing placed eighth at his first ever worlds with a score of 252.30.

"To go out there and miss a couple of elements I've been nailing all week is a little hurtful," said Messing. "Still I tried to keep my head up and give a good performance. I hope the crowd still loved it."

The Canadian fell once during his free skate, but was still able to crack the top ten, placing 8th in his first-ever World Championship 8:05
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The ice dance free will go later Saturday, and will be streamed live on cbcsports.ca.

With files from CBC Sports

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