Just a year after he lost the world title to Spain's Javier Fernandez by less than threepoints, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan is most definitely back and hungry to re-claim the gold. The 21-year old skater dominated the men's short program roundat the 2016 World Figure Skating ChampionshipsMarch 30 in Boston witha nearly perfect program that netted him a jaw-dropping, competition-busting mark of 110.56.

Hanyu, who won gold at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi andheld the world title in 2014, bettered the score posted by his nearest competitor, Fernandez (98.52), by more than 12 points thanks to a clean skate that featured two quadruple jumps.

Canadian Patrick Chan, who placed second to Hanyu in Sochi after both suffered through error-pocked free skate performances, placed third (94.84), while Japan's Shoma Uno --the 2015 World Junior Champion-- was fourth with a 90.74.

The American men at 2016 Worlds

Although they're likely out of the medal mix, two of the three American entrants placed in the top 10. Reigning US National Champion Adam Rippon sits in seventh place (85.72, a new ISU personal best) entering the free skate (despite not attempting a quadruple jump during his program), while Max Aaron is eighth (81.28). Also part of the 24-man roster that qualified to compete in the next segment of the competition was Grant Hochstein, who placed 16th with a 74.81.

The top 10 after the short

The top 10 short program performances at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships belonged to the following men:

  • 1. Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan, 110.56
  • 2. Javier Fernandez, Spain, 98.52
  • 3. Patrick Chan, Canada, 94.84
  • 4. Shoma Uno, Japan, 90.74
  • 5. Boyang Jin, China, 89.86
  • 6. Mikhail Kolyada, Russia, 89.66
  • 7. Adam Rippon, USA, 85.72
  • 8. Max Aaron, USA, 81.28
  • 9. Ivan Righini, Italy, 81.17
  • 10. Deniss Vasiljevs, Latvia, 81.07

A disappointing outcome for some

The list of men who failed to qualify for the free skate featured two truly surprising entries in Han Yan of China and Canada's Nam Nguyen. Both placed in the top 10 at last year's event, with Han taking 10th and Nguyen placing fifth.

Although Nguyen did not initially earn a spot on the Canadian team, his countryman Liam Firus withdrew from the competition to allow him to compete in Boston with the hope that he and Chan would help Canada to earn three men's spots at next year's championships.

The men's competition at the 2016 World Figure Skating Championships will conclude on April 1.

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