|Patrick Chan performs in the men's short program during the ISU Grand Prix in Beijing on Friday. (AFP/Peter Parks)
Canadian Patrick Chan placing second Friday in the men's short program to remain in gold medal contention at the ISU Grand Prix Final figure skating competition in Beijing.
Chan scored a season-best 85.59 to trail Nobunari Oda of Japan by one point. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan was third.
"I'm really pleased because I haven't had the greatest short programs this season," said Chan, the world championship silver medallist. "There has been some self-doubt because it has been going great in training and I couldn't seem to transfer that to competition."
In pairs, two-time world champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany grabbed a big lead after the short program. Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Waterloo, Ont., were sixth.
In ice dancing after the short dance, Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, both of Waterloo, were fourth at 55.51, while Vanessa Crone of North York, Ont., and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., were fifth at 54.82.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S., were first, followed by Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France and Nora Hoffmann and Maxim Zavozin of Hungary.
Competition ends Saturday.
The Grand Prix Final features the top six finishers by points in each category from the six-event International Skating Union qualifying series.