April 22nd, 2024

Ilia Malinin takes men’s world figure skating crown in dominating fashion

By Daniel Rainbird, The Canadian Press on March 23, 2024.

Ilia Malinin of the United States reacts following his free skate in the men's competition at the 2024 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, Saturday, March 23, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

MONTREAL – American figure skating star Ilia Malinin is a world champion – and a world-record holder.

Malinin put on a dominant display that included a jaw-dropping six quad jumps – including his patented quad axel – to snag the men’s singles crown Saturday at the world championships.

After placing third in Thursday’s short program, the 19-year-old scored a world record 227.79 in the free program while skating to the “Succession” soundtrack to bring his total to 333.76 – more than 20 points than the rest of the field.

Malinin dropped to the ice in disbelief after presenting his sheer athletics to a rowdy Bell Centre crowd that cheered and clapped the whole way.

He dethroned two-time defending world champion Shoma Uno of Japan, who fell to fourth (280.85) after missing two quad jumps to start his program.

Yuma Kagiyama of Japan won silver (309.65) and Adam Siao Him Fa of France claimed bronze (284.39). Siao Him Fa climbed from 19th to third with an awe-inspiring display of his own, which included a backflip.

Earlier Saturday, 2022 Olympic champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States defended their ice dance world title with a season-best total score of 222.20.

Canada’s Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier won silver (219.68) and Italy’s Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri claimed bronze (216.52).

It’s Montreal’s first time hosting the event since 1932. The city was supposed to stage the 2020 championship but the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the competition.

Boston will hold the 2025 competition.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2024.

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