November 05, 2018 11:19
Cha Jun-hwan won the bronze medal at the Helsinki Grand Prix in Finland on Sunday. He earned a combined score of 243.19 -- 82.82 points in the short program a day earlier and 160.37 points in the free skate.
Cha outperformed strong contestants like Mikhail Kolyada of Russia, this year's bronze medalist at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships, and Jin Boyang of China, who won a bronze medal at the same event last year.
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the gold medal with 297.12 points and Michal Brezina of Czech Republic won the silver with 257.98 points.
It was Cha's second bronze medal at an ISU Grand Prix event following the Skate Canada International in Laval a week ago, the first-ever medal by a Korean male skater.
The back-to-back medals have increased Cha's chances of advancing to the ISU Grand Prix Final in December, where the top six skaters in each discipline compete.
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