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Chen outduels Uno in Grand Prix Final short

Papadakis, Cizeron lead Canadians; Savchenko, Massot set pairs pace
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Looking to end his Grand Prix season with a third gold medal, Team USA's Nathan Chen delivered yet another solid rendition of his "Nemesis" short program. The 18-year-old, who has Grand Prix titles at the Rostelecom Cup and Skate America to his credit, will enter the free skate in the top position after accruing a segment score of 103.32. -Getty Images

Team USA's Nathan Chen won the short program over Shoma Uno of Japan on Thursday at the 2017 Grand Prix Final in Nagoya, Japan. Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot finished first in pairs, while Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron edged Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in dance.

Men's short

Skating to "Nemesis" by Benjamin Clementine, Chen nailed a quad lutz-triple toe combination and a somewhat shaky quad flip, as well as a triple axel. The reigning Four Continents champion collected a Level 4 for both his two spins and his step sequence on his way to scoring 103.32 points.

"It's great to feel that you are in the lead," said Chen, the reigning silver medalist at this event. "Both of my quads were a little bit shaky; that was because I was nervous and a little stressed."

Uno pulled off a quad flip, quad toe-triple toe and Level 4 spins and footwork. He fell on his triple axel, however. The 2017 world silver medalist earned 101.51 points.

"The triple axel is a jump I know I can land," said Uno, who also received a one-point deduction for a time violation. "When I made the mistake, it was not like, 'I feel so disappointed;' I felt like, 'Let's get this done better next time.'"

The third-place finisher, Mikhail Kolyada, fell on his opening quad lutz but rallied to complete a quad toe-triple toe, a triple axel and strong spins and footwork. The Russian champion was awarded 99.22 points.

"A shame I missed the lutz, but the jump is still not consistent," Kolyada said. "I haven't been doing it as long as the toe loop in competition. In practice, it has been going well, especially in the past week and a half."

U.S. bronze medalist Jason Brown stepped out of the back end of his triple flip-triple toe combination, and he sits in fourth with 89.02 points. Sergei Voronov of Russia almost fell on his triple axel, and he came in fifth (87.77 points). Adam Rippon of the United States under-rotated his triple lutz en route to a sixth-place showing (86.19).

Pairs short

Unfazed by equipment and costume failures, world silver medalists Savchenko and Massot took the lead over Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov by less than a point. Reigning world champions Wenjing Sui and Cong Han of China settled for third place.

Savchenko and Massot opened their program to "That Man" with a big triple twist, followed by side-by-side triple salchows and a throw triple lutz.

"When I landed the jump, I felt that the skating boot was soft, and when I did the throw, I was sure that it was broken," Massot revealed. "I told [Aliona], and she just said, 'Go, go.'"

The European silver medalists went on to produce four Level 4 elements -- lift, step sequence, death spiral and spin -- on their way to earning a season's best 79.43 points.

"I liked best today that we did all elements clean, in spite of Bruno's lace being broken and my dress being broken. The zipper of my dress broke," Savchenko noted. "We fought until the end."

Tarasova and Morozov's performance to Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2" featured a huge triple twist, side-by-side triple toes and a throw triple loop. The world bronze medalists picked up a Level 4 for their twist, death spiral, spin, lift and footwork, and scored 78.83 points.

"In general, we did everything well," Morozov explained. "Maybe toward the end of the program we got tired a little and that's what influenced our scores, but the first half of the program was really good."

Sui and Han had to overcome a shaky start to their "Hallelujah" program, when he fell on the side-by-side triple toes. The team recovered, however, to produce an excellent throw triple flip, a Level 4 triple twist and three more Level 4 elements. The world champions picked up 75.82 points.

"Because of my failure (on the triple toe), I am really not happy with today's performance. I am trying to look back at what I could have been better, but I couldn't believe this (happened)," Han told the press. "Last time we had that many mistakes was at the Grand Prix in America two years ago, where I failed, like, three times."

Olympic silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov of Russia finished fourth with 73.15 points. Two-time world champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada are fifth (72.18 points), while Xiaoyu Yu and Hao Zhang of China sit in sixth (70.15).

Short dance

Papadakis and Cizeron put out a strong dance to Ed Sheeran songs, collecting a Level 4 for their rumba pattern, twizzles, partial step sequence and straight line lift. The two-time world champions received 12 perfect scores of 10.0 for components and posted a new personal best with 82.07 points.

"It was a really, really good performance, the best of the season," Papadakis said. "When we got off the ice, we said, 'We'll be happy, because we did the best we could have done.' ... Everything came together. We were focused on our steps and, at the same time, we were very into the performance."

Virtue and Moir's characteristic short dance set to "Sympathy for the Devil," "Hotel California" and "Oye Como Va" was highlighted by precise footwork and a rotational lift. The reigning Grand Prix Final champions earned the same levels as their French rivals, on their way to scoring 81.53 points. The judges awarded them 11 perfect scores of 10.0 in the components area.

"We are pleased with our performance," Virtue said. "It is a step up from the Grand Prix circuit, and we're looking to build up.

"There's always pressure, whether we're defending or chasing a title again. This is a fresh season, and we know that we have to be our best."

Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani produced four Level 4 elements, but their rumba pattern was rated a Level 2. The brother-and-sister team earned 78.09 points, good for third place.

"I'm beating myself up over the mistake on the twizzle. That's a mistake that I never make," Alex said. "I thought the performance was really strong, and overall we made a lot of good progress since Skate America. If we had done the twizzles the way that we're capable of doing them, the score would be even better."

Americans Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue finished in fourth place with 74.81 points, while their compatriots, Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy are in fifth and sixth, respectively.