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Patrick Chan Claims Second National Title

It was Patrick Chan, 18, who brought the fans to their feet at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sunday.

Recovering from an early stumble, Chan put down his best long program of the season, earning 165.93 points. The Toronto star compiled a personal-best score of 254.82. Chan not only beat his own personal best score, but he also beat the Canadian record that was previously held by Jeffery Buttle.

Chan's score was the third-highest ever under the revamped scoring system implemented in 2003, behind only Japan's Daisuke Takahashi (264.41)and Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko of Russia (258.33).

"I'm speechless. I haven't even had time to think about," Chan said. "I'm going to take that and it will really help me training, to think, 'Wow, I really am in the top three highest marks, even with one mistake.'"

It was Chan’s second straight Canadian title.

Vaughn Chipeur, 24, was able to hold on to the silver medal. Chipeur scored 134.41 points in the free program for an overall total of 206.30 points.

Jeremy Ten, 19, claimed the bronze medal. Ten scored 134.97 points in the free program for a total score of 204.03.


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