Patrick Chan wins his third world figure skating championship

The Canadian completed a hat-trick of

world titles on Friday with a victory that establishes the him  as

the man to beat going into next year's Sochi Olympics.

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2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada celebrates his gold medal in the Mens Free Skating Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada (Middle) celebrates winning gold with Denis Ten of Kazakhstan (left) with silver and Javier Fernandez of Spain with bronze in the Mens Free Skating Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada celebrates his gold medal in the Mens Free Skating Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada celebrates his gold medal in the Mens Free Skating Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada celebrates his gold medal in the Mens Free Skating Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 3

LONDON, ON - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada competes in the Mens Free Skating during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Canada. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 3

LONDON, ON - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada competes in the Mens Free Skating during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Canada. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 3

LONDON, ON - MARCH 15: Patrick Chan of Canada competes in the Mens Free Skating during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 15, 2013 in London, Canada. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 1

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 13: Patrick Chan of Canada reacts to the crowd at the end of his performance in the Men's Short Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 13, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships - Day 1

LONDON, CANADA - MARCH 13: Patrick Chan of Canada reacts to his score putting him in first place after his performance in the Men's Short Program during the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships at Budweiser Gardens on March 13, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)