Landing two quads, one in combination, Ten never gave up his quest for a first ISU Championship gold packing in another seven triple jumps inter-laced with outstanding spins in another wonderfully choreographed program to Yo Yo Ma and Silk Road Ensemble’s Ambush from Ten Sides for Pippa.
His total score of 289.46 eclipsed USA’s Joshua Farris on 260.01 and China’s Han Yan of 259.47. All three men landed quads, in a strong signal that there is no room for less on any men’s championship podium.
Ten was the silver medallist in the 2014 World Championships but he has never won a senior ISU Grand Prix event, having only picked up one bronze medal at last year’s Trophee Bompard in France since starting on the circuit in 2009.
Six of the top seven men either landed or were credited with a quad jump. Australia’s Brendan Kerry was the only other competitor to cleanly land a quad but too many other costly errors placed him 18th in the free skate and 17th overall.
"I was really happy with the quads, landing the salchow in the free and the toe-loop in the short, in the same competition. The spins in the free tonight were good. I want to focus now on doing complete programs. I fought to the end tonight and need to improve the easier elements in my program," Brendan said.
Reverting to his free program from the 2014 season the centre section was lacking speed but his confidence has grown during the season.
"Brendan approached this event with the right attitude. He nailed his quads, which is great. The next step is performing two strong programs at Worlds. He practiced great all week, and with the confidence, of the quads in the performance, he is ready to show great programs next month,” said coach Justin Dillon.
The World Figure Skating Championships will be held in Shanghai from March 23 to 29.