The men's individual event in the World Figure Skating Championships at Colorado Springs, U.S.A., on?
MV PAN Cranston going through skating routine
Initials CL/1936 CL/1943
SPORT: ICE SKATING
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Background: The men's individual event in the World Figure Skating Championships at Colorado Springs, U.S.A., on Thursday (6 March) was dominated by the Soviet Union -- but a dashing Canadian, who finished fourth, wood the crowd with his flamboyant free skating style.
The Canadian, 25-year-old Toller Cranston, provided the only real North American challenge to the European skaters, but he had fallen too far behind by the time the competition reached the final, free skating stage -- his speciality.
Sergei Volkov went on to become the Soviet Union's first world individual figure skating champion, after building a comfortable lead in the earlier compulsory rounds -- worth sixty per cent of the marks.
His countryman, Vladimir Kovalev was second and Britain's John Curry was third.
Then came Cranston -- who took third place in last year's championships when he also thrilled the crowd with a brilliant final round performance.