SOCHI, Russia (AP) Four-time Olympic medalist Evgeni Plushenko drew the seventh spot for Thursday's men's short program at the Sochi Games.
Skaters prefer not to go early in the event, and three of the medals favorites landed in the 19th through 21st spots: Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu, Spain's Javier Fernandez and Canada's Patrick Chan, a three-time world champion.
American champ Jeremy Abbott will go 11th and teammate Jason Brown drew the 16th spot.
Daisuke Takahashi of Japan, the 2010 bronze medalist, will be 29th, followed by countryman Tatsuko Machida to round out the field.
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.