Figure skating: Chan, Wagner lead way in Paris

Figure skating: Chan, Wagner lead way in Paris

PARIS - Three-time world champion Patrick Chan warmed up for his Olympic challenge with a record-breaking performance as American Ashley Wagner led the women's event at the Trophee Bompard figure skating Grand Prix in Paris on Friday.

Chan, 22, scored a world record 98.52 points for his short programme to Rachmaninov's 'Elegie in E Flat Minor' to put him ahead of Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu (95.37) going into Saturday's free skating final.

Defending champion Wagner stole the show in the women's event with an error-free performance to Pink Floyd's 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond'.

The 22-year-old scored 66.75 to lead Russian teenagers Anna Pogorilaya (60.03) and Adelina Sotnikova (60.01).

"Today's skate was very good, but it's just one step towards the Sochi Olympics," said Chan, who bettered his own previous world best of 98.37 from the world championships earlier this year.

Chan opened with a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination and nailed his triple axel and triple lutz jumps, but remained cautious despite his stunning skate.

"I was ecstatic with the way I skated but I can't get ahead of myself," said the three-time Paris winner.

"My mission is to win the Sochi Olympics. Today is just a step. Tomorrow if I can skate well it will be another notch in my belt, to give me confidence so that I will feel confident under pressure in Sochi."

Hanyu, second behind Chan at Skate Canada last month, also pulled out a strong performance to achieve a personal best score of 95.37 for his skate to Parisian Walkways by Gary Moore.

"Although it was lower than Patrick's score I'm still happy," said the 18-year-old.

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