Patrick Chan dominates free skate to win Four Continents

BY foxsports • February 21, 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada produced a personal-best score in the free skate to win the Four Continents championship.

Chan, fifth after the short program, received 203.99 points in Sunday's final to finish first with a total of 290.21, less than one point ahead of short-program leader Jin Boyang of China. Chinese skater Han Yan was third with 271.55.

''I didn't panic,'' Chan said. ''I took my time and kept focused on the things that make me successful in practice and competition and today is a result of that.''

It was Chan's third win at the Four Continents, adding to titles in 2009 and 2012. His win here will be a boost for his confidence heading to the March 28-April 3 world championships in Boston.

''I'll take some time to recuperate and focus on exactly what I did today and repeating it again in Boston,'' Chan said. ''Fortunately, it's in Boston which is a huge advantage for North American skaters.''

Skate America champion Max Aaron of the United States was seventh followed by compatriot Grant Hochstein in eighth place.

The Four Continents championships are sanctioned by the International Skating Union and feature skaters from the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania.