• Murakami leads Chan, Hanyu struggles

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    MONTREAL: Japan’s Daisuke Murakami grabbed a narrow lead Friday in the men’s competition at Skate Canada to upstage the Olympic rematch of Yuzuru Hanyu and Patrick Chan at the ISU Grand Prix event in Lethbridge, Alberta. Murakami earned 80.88 points for his opening short programme, with Canada’s Chan well within striking distance on 80.81 in his return to competition for the first time since he took silver at the 2014 Sochi Olympics behind Hanyu. American Adam Rippon completed a tightly bunched top trio on 80.36 points with Hanyu shockingly in sixth on 73.25 points.

    AFP

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