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WINTER OLYMPICS 2022

'Rocket man' Chen wins men's singles gold in Beijing

Nathan Chen of the United States claimed his maiden Olympic title when he won the gold medal in the men's singles with a dazzling free skating at the Beijing Games on Thursday.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Figure Skating - Men Single Skating - Free Skating - Capital Indoor Stadium, Beijing, China - February 10, 2022. Nathan Chen of the United States in action. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
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Nathan Chen of the United States claimed his maiden Olympic title when he won the gold medal in the men's singles with a dazzling free skating at the Beijing Games on Thursday.

The 22-year-old, who went home empty-handed after a meltdown in Pyeongchang four years ago, scored 218.63 in the free skating performing to 'Rocket Man' by Elton John. That added to his world-record in the short programme for a total of 332.60.

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Nathan Chen of Team United States celebrates during the Men Single Skating flower ceremony on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 10, 2022 in Beijing, China. (P
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BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 10: Gold medalist Nathan Chen of Team United States celebrates during the Men Single Skating flower ceremony on day six of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Capital Indoor Stadium on February 10, 2022 in Beijing, China. (PLintao ZhangGetty Images

Yuma Kagiyama (310.05) was second and fellow Japanese Shoma Uno (293.00) ended up third.

Yuzuru Hanyu, who was hoping to win the event for the third time in a row, finished fourth on 283.21 after the Japanese skater dropped out of title contention in the short programme

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