Chen wins short in Grand Prix final Dec 08, 2017 0 98 12345 afpNagoya, JapanAmerican teenager Nathan Chen Thursday took a commanding lead after the men's short programme, outperforming runner-up Shoma Uno of Japan on the opening day of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Nagoya.The prestigious competition came as the International Olympic Committee on Tuesday banned Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over a state-orchestrated doping programme.Chen, the reigning US champion, opened with a superb quad Lutz-triple toeloop combination and leapt for a quadruple flip and a triple Axel, soaring to 103.32 points, followed by Uno with 101.51 points."Both of my quads were a little bit shaky ... because I was nervous and (a) little stressed," the 18-year-old said."I will focus on tomorrow and for the future trust myself (to) use energy to put on the show as best as I can," Chen said.Uno -- who won silver at the world championships earlier this year -- displayed a masterful quadruple flip and a quad toeloop-triple toeloop combination but fell on the ice in his triple Axel, dismaying local fans in his hometown Nagoya."When I made (the) mistake, this is not like 'I felt so disappointed'," Uno said."But I felt like 'Let's get this done better next time'," he added.Russia's Mikhail Kolyada, who finished third, said he tried to keep emotional distance from the IOC ruling, which still allows clean Russian athletes to compete under the Olympic flag."I have not been reading the news. I tried to stay away from that because it is distracting," Kolyada said. The main thing obviously is to get to go to the Olympic Games." Pages 1234 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Davidse leads with 63 at broom-and-fork Joburg Open Dec 08, 2017 0 114 Maroon, Camels set for big rugby clash Dec 08, 2017 0 464 Aspire Academy to sponsor 2017 Qatar Fencing GP Dec 08, 2017 0 464 Hamilton tops best driver poll of Formula One bosses, Verstappen distant second reuters LONDON Formula One team bosses have voted Lewis Hamilton as the sport's top driver for the fourth year in a row but Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas slipped to 10th place in the rankings. The poll, published .. Vonn to snub White House visit for US team afp Los Angeles US skiing star Lindsey Vonn said on Thursday she would not go to the White House for a post-Winter Olympics reception, aligning herself with other athletes who have protested against President Donald ..