Figure skating: 17-year-olds Chen and Mihara win singles titles at Four Continents c'ships

Mai Mihara of Japan celebrates during the awards ceremony after the ladies free skating event of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea on Feb 18, 2017.
Mai Mihara of Japan celebrates during the awards ceremony after the ladies free skating event of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea on Feb 18, 2017. PHOTO: AFP
Nathan Chen of the USA, performs during the men's free skating event of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea on Feb 19, 2017.
Nathan Chen of the USA, performs during the men's free skating event of the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea on Feb 19, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AFP) - American Nathan Chen skated to the men's title at the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in South Korea on Sunday, cementing his status as one of the sport's rising stars and one to watch at next year's Winter Olympics.

Having won the short programme on Friday, Chen claimed the overall title despite placing second behind Japan's Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu in the free skate at Gangneung Ice Arena.

Skating to the music of The Polovtsian Dances, the 17-year-old landed five quadruple jumps. His total score of 307.46 points was enough to see off Hanyu and win his debut Four Continents competition.

On Saturday, 17-year-old Mai Mihara of Japan claimed the ladies' singles title with 200.85, ahead of Gabrielle Daleman of Canada (196.91) and American Mirai Nagasu 194.95.

Singapore's Chloe Ing (120.18) and Yu Shuran (118.40) were 20th and 21st respectively in the 23-woman (including two withdrawals) field.

Chen rose to prominence last month when he became the first skater to land five quads in free skate to win the 2017 US nationals.

He is the youngest US men's champion in more than five decades.

It is the first international competition being held at the South Korean rink, which will host figure skating and short track speed skating during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Japan's Shoma Uno took the bronze medal while Canada's Patrick Chan, the defending Four Continents champion, and China's Jin Boyang ranked fourth and fifth, respectively.

In the pairs event, defending Four Continents title holders Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China took gold.

The ice dance event went to the Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, their third Four Continents title.