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Apr 28, 2011 2:10 AM by Lee Douglas

Canada's Chan sets world record

MOSCOW (AP) - Patrick Chan of Canada has set a world record to
take the lead in the short program at the world championships in Moscow Wednesday.

Chan scored 93.02 points Wednesday for his routine. That topped Evgeni Pluschenko's old mark of 91.30 set at the European championships last year in Tallinn, Estonia.

Chan was the world runner-up the last two years. He set his previous personal best of 88.90 at the Four Continents Championships in February 2009.

Nobunari Oda and Daisuke Takahashi from Japan are second and third after the short programs.

American Richard Dornbush is eleventh and Ryan Bradley from the Broadmoor Skating Cub is 12th

The men's free skate is Thursday.

Defending champions Pang Qing and Tong Jian have taken the lead after the pairs short program scoring an even 74.00 points.

Germany's Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, the current silver holders, were in second after Wednesday's program.

Close behind in third are Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, in their first season skating together.

American champs Caitlin Yankowskas and John Coughlin who train at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs are in eighth place.

 

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