Nathan Chen sparkles in men's short program at Beijing Olympics

The 22-year-old's near-flawless performance was rewarded by judges with an unprecedented 113.97 points

sending him over five points clear at the top of the rankings with the deciding free skate final to come on Thursday.

Chen's score broke the previous world record of 111.82 set in 2020 by two-time Olympic defending champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

Nathan Chen set a new short-program world record in the men's figure skating event in Beijing on Tuesday

chen lift the American to the top spot and within sight of a dream first Winter Olympic gold medal.

Before the Games, Chen admitted he was disappointed with his performances in PyeongChang,

He arrived in Beijing off the back of three straight world championships and a 6th consecutive US title.

Chen said that his routine was "pretty close to my best," a performance that rewarded him with top spot heading into Thursday.

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