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Figure skating draw: Canada's Patrick Chan gets 21st spot in men's short program

Evgeni Plushenko of Russia sits after competing in the men's team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

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Evgeni Plushenko of Russia sits after competing in the men's team free skate figure skating competition at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, Pool)

SOCHI, Russia - Canada's Patrick Chan has drawn the 21st spot for Thursday's men's figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics.

It's an advantageous draw for Toronto's Chan, as skaters prefer not to go early in the 30-man event.

Chan is a three-time world champion and has already won a silver medal at these Olympics in the team figure skating event.

Four-time Olympic medallist Evgeni Plushenko drew the seventh spot, while medal favourites Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and Spain's Javier Fernandez drew 19th and 20th respectively.

Plushenko helped Russia to the team gold by finishing second to Hanyu in the short program of the new competition, then winning the free skate. He won the 2006 gold medal and also has silvers from 2002 and 2010.

Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, the 2010 bronze medallist , will be 29th, followed by countryman Tatsuko Machida to round out the field.

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