Yuzuru Hanyu outscored Nathan Chen for the first time since the 2018 Olympics, topping the world figure skating championships short program in Stockholm on Thursday.
Hanyu, the two-time Olympic champion, landed two quadruple jumps in a 106.98-point effort skating to Robbie Williams‘ “Let Me Entertain You.”
Chen, undefeated since placing fifth in PyeongChang, fell on his opening quad Lutz and ended up third, also behind Yuma Kagiyama, the 17-year-old world junior champion from Japan.
Worlds continue later Thursday with the pairs’ free skate.
“I’m overall very satisfied, but having said that, there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Hanyu said, according to a translator.