Quad a positive spin for Chan

Patrick Chan of Canada competes in men's short program during the Cup of Russia figure skating...

Patrick Chan of Canada competes in men's short program during the Cup of Russia figure skating competition in Moscow, November 19, 2010. (REUTERS/Grigory Dukor)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:08 PM ET

Patrick Chan of Toronto landed a quad-triple combination jump in his short program on Friday to grab the lead in the men's competition in Moscow at the Cup of Russia, the fifth stop on the ISU Grand Prix figure skating circuit.

Chan earned 81.96 points, four points ahead of American Jeremy Abbott, despite a tumble on a triple axel.

"It's a load off my shoulders," Chan said about landing the quad for the first time in a short program.

Abbott didn't attempt a quad in his tango-themed program but landed four strong triples for 77.61. Tomas Verner of the Czech Republic was in third place at 74.10.

In pairs, Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, Sask., and Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, Sask., are fifth but only four points out of second place. In women's competition, Myriane Samson of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., skated a clean program and is seventh but just over four points behind top spot.

In ice dancing after the short dance, Alexandra Paul and Mitchell Islam of Barrie, Ont., had a fall and are eighth.

All four free skates are on Saturday.


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