NAGANO, Japan — Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu set a record score for the second straight night to win the NHK Trophy on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.
Hanyu won the free skate to finish with a total of 322.40 points, 55.97 ahead of China’s Jin Boyang. Takahito Mura of Japan was third with 242.21 points.
As well as the record highest total score, Hanyu’s 216.07 free skate score was the highest ever, surpassing 196.75 set by Patrick Chan in 2013 at the Trophy Bompard.
Chan also held the previous record for the most overall points with 295.27.
“I just tried to execute each element carefully,” Hanyu said. “I was surprised by the score and it’s hard to describe my feeling now. Not all the elements were completely clean but I tried to skate carefully while believing in my practice and physical ability.”
Skating to “Seimei” by Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi, Hanyu’s dominant free program included three quad jumps and seven triples. Read more