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Plushenko wins men's free skate to increase Russia's lead in Olympic team competition

Evgeni Plushenko won the men's free skate Sunday to increase Russia's lead in the new team event at the Sochi Olympics.

While not as magical as in his short program to open the competition, Plushenko was good enough. He scored 168.20 points, keeping Russia atop the standings with 57 points.

Three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada and short program winner Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan did not compete, resting for the individual men's event. They were replaced by the lower-ranked Kevin Reynolds and Tatsuki Machida, respectively, and they finished second and third.

Canada is second with 50 points, followed by the United States with 41, Japan with 38 and Italy with 37.

Next up was the women's long program, followed by the free dance to complete the competition.