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Richmond skating star, 16, wins free skate at Warsaw Cup

Wesley Chiu placed fourth overall with a personal best performance
Wesley Chiu Warsaw Cup
Richmond figure skater Wesley Chiu won the free skate and finished fourth overall in men's competition at the Warsaw Cup.

Richmond’s young figure skating star has added a couple more achievements to his list of accomplishments this season.

Wesley Chiu, 16, won the free skate in men’s competition on Friday at the Warsaw Cup, a stop on the ISU Challenger Series – a series of international figure skating competitions.

Chiu also landed near the podium – jumping from 11th after Thursday’s short program – to place fourth overall in the men’s competition, with a personal best score of 232.39 points.

“It went amazing. Missing that combination jump in the short really motivated me to go after it on the long program,” he said, in a statement. “I came here to get some minimum scores for senior competitions and I definitely achieved that.”

In his free program, Chiu landed his seven jumps – including back-to-back quads, three combo jumps and the triple Axel.

This was the first time he landed two quads in a free skate.

“I know I could do one quad toe so there was no reason why I can’t do a second one,” said Chiu. “But it was a tough aspect to learn in practice. Training overall has been going really well leading into this competition.”

Chiu, based out of Richmond’s Connaught Skating Club, also won two medals on the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating earlier this season, including gold in Courcheval, France and bronze in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.

Full results from the Warsaw Cup: