October 29, 2018 13:05
Cha Jun-hwan won the bronze medal at the Skate Canada International in Laval, Canada on Saturday.
He earned a combined 254.77 points -- 88.86 points in the short program a day earlier and 165.91 points in the free skate. It is the first medal by a Korean male skater at an ISU Grand Prix event.
Cha's score was just short of his personal best of 259.78, set a month ago at the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Ontario.
Japan's Shoma Uno, a silver medalist at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang early this year, won the event with a score of 277.25 points, and Canada's Keegan Messing took the silver medal with 265.17 points.
Cha, who performed to the soundtrack of the 1996 film "Romeo and Juliet," got off to a shaky start as he fell on the landing of his opening quadruple toe loop jump. But it turned out to be the only mistake in his free skate routine.
Cha made history in December 2016 when he became the first Korean male skater ever to win a medal at the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final. His 15th-place finish in Pyeongchang is the best ever Olympic result by a Korean male skater.
Cha now competes at the Grand Prix Helsinki, in Finland, which runs from Nov. 2 to 4.
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