|Patrick Chan performs in the men's free skate during the ISU Grand Prix in Beijing on Saturday. (AFP/Goh Chai Hin)
Patrick Chan can finally celebrate a win on the international stage.
The 19-year-old world silver medalist won the gold medal in the men's competition at the ISU Grand Prix Final figure skating event on Saturday in Beijing.
"It feels great to get the victory," said Chan. "I always wanted to do well at this event."
The Toronto native delivered his best performance of the season with a final score of 259.75.
Nobunari Oda of Japan, the leader after the short program, fell in his opening quad toeloop and took silver while Takahiko Kozuka came third.
Chan, who landed his first career quadruple jump earlier this season at Skate Canada, opened his program with a successful quad which set the tone for a solid program. Other highlights included landing a triple Axel and two triple Lutzs. The only glitch was a step out of his second Axel.
"It was really important to get that quad at this point in the season," he said. "I need to know that I can do it on a consistent basis and keep it together."
In ice dancing, Vanessa Crone of North York, Ont., and Paul Poirier of Unionville, Ont., won the bronze medal. Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White took the gold. Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje, both of Waterloo, Ont., were fifth.
In pairs, Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, Ont., and Dylan Moscovitch of Waterloo, Ont., finished sixth.