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Canada’s Patrick Chan wins third straight world title

LONDON, Ontario — He was saved by the quad and by what he’d done on Wednesday. If Canada’s Patrick Chan hadn’t won the short program by more than half a dozen points and hadn’t landed two quadruple jumps in Friday’s free skate at Budweiser Gardens, he would have been unhorsed by Kazakhstan’s Denis Ten in what would have been the greatest upset in the 117-year history of the World Figure Skating Championships.

“Sorry I didn’t do a good program,” said Chan, who eked out his third straight victory, by 1.3 points, over the 19-year-old Ten, who not only won his country’s first global skating medal but also earned three Olympic spots for Kazakhstan for the Sochi Olympics. “I wanted to do it so badly.”

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