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Chan claims second straight world figure skating title

Canada's Patrick Chan captured his second straight men's world figure skating title Saturday.

Chan was first after Friday's short program and did more than enough Saturday to earn the crown. Despite a fall during his free skate routine, he had the best score of the day at 176.70 and finished with a two-day total of 266.11 points.

The 21-year-old Ottawa native became the first men's skater to successfully defend a world title since Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland in 2006. Chan, prior to his consecutive titles, was the silver medal winner in both 2009 and 2010.

Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, the 2010 world champion and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist, took the silver medal this year after a fifth-place finish a year ago. Takahashi started the day in third place and had the third-best score of the free skate, but finished with 259.66 points.

Michal Brezina of the Czech Republic struggled in the free skate and dropped from second place to sixth.

Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu vaulted up from seventh to a bronze medal finish, just ahead of 2007 world champion and French hopeful Brian Joubert. Another French native, Florent Amodio, was fifth.

Jeremy Abbott of the United States was eighth, while fellow American Adam Rippon slipped from 10th after the short program to 13th.