Sports: Hanyu breaks own record at GP Final

(From AP)

Barcelona, Spain — Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan broke his own points record for a men’s short program to take a commanding lead of the Grand Prix Final on Thursday.

The defending champion earned 110.95 points for his skate, surpassing his own record-breaking short program worth 106.33 from last month’s NHK Trophy. Hanyu also broke the record for total points at the NHK Trophy with 322.40.

Yuzuru Hanyu

Yuzuru Hanyu

Local favorite and world champion Javier Fernandez skated last — immediately after Hanyu’s stunning performance. The Spaniard was second with 91.52 points.

“It’s true that I thought before going on that it doesn’t matter what I do because he has over 100 points,” said Fernandez, who finished second here to Hanyu last year. “He will be very hard to beat, but I will try to do my best.”

Performing to Chopin, Hanyu nailed his opening quad salchow, and followed that with a flawless quad toeloop and triple toeloop combination before adding a triple axel. He was greeted with huge applause before skating and a standing ovation complete with a shower of flowers from his fans, many waving Japanese flags, when he finished. Read more

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