Photo/IllutrationYuzuru Hanyu performs during the men’s short program of the Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy, on Dec. 5. (Nobuhiro Shirai)

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TURIN, Italy--Yuzuru Hanyu had promised to do battle with top rival Nathan Chen in the Grand Prix Final, but he lost the first round here on Dec. 5.

Hanyu, who is seeking his fifth Grand Prix Final title, placed second in the short program in the event, which began the same day, yielding the top spot to the skater from the United States.

Six male figure skaters who qualified for the final are competing in Turin. Hanyu, 24, who is taking part in the final for the first time in three years, scored 97.43 points. But Chen outdid him with 110.38 points.

Hanyu's score was hurt by his failure to execute a combination jump involving a quadruple-toe loop and triple-toe loop.

Despite the clear look of disappointment on his face after his performance, the two-time Olympic gold medal skater did his best to stay positive, saying, “There’s no use saying, ‘I’m disappointed,’ so I’ll think about tomorrow’s free program.”

The men’s free program takes place on Dec. 7, Hanyu's birthday.

Rika Kihira, 17, who is seeking her second consecutive Grand Prix Final title, will compete in the women’s short program on Dec. 6, and the women’s free program the next day.

She is planning to attempt consecutive triple jumps as the third jump during her program, which bumps up the points for the jump by 1.1 times.

Kihira may also attempt a quadruple salchow for the first time in a free program.