GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) — Olympic bronze medalist Jeffrey Buttle and Johnny Weir skated flawless short programs at the World Figure Skating Championships on Friday, while the last two title winners fumbled or fell.

Buttle skated impeccably, landing a gorgeous triple flip-triple toe loop combination and scoring top levels for all of his spins. With a total score of 82.10, the Canadian is 1.31 points ahead of Weir, the three-time U.S. champion. Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, the defending silver medalist and the most consistent of the top men this year, is a close third at 80.49.

Two-time world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland is fifth and defending champ Brian Joubert of France is sixth.