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Olympics: Hanyu fired by cut-throat competition to break Japan's duck

Published on Feb 16, 2014 6:27 AM
 
Gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu not only claimed Japan's first title of the 2014 Winter Games on Friday night, Feb 15, 2014, but their first ever men's title in figure skating ahead of the favourite Patrick Chan of Canada.. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SOCHI (AFP) - Teenager Yuzuru Hanyu has finally broken the ice for figure skating powerhouse Japan to put them top of the men's podium at a Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The 19-year-old not only claimed Japan's first title of the 2014 Winter Games on Friday night, Feb 15, 2014, but their first ever men's title in figure skating ahead of the favourite Patrick Chan of Canada.

Although he initially thought he had blown his gold medal hopes after falling twice in the free skating final it was enough to seal his first major title after setting a world record score in the short programme the previous night.

It was a first gold after teammate Daisuke Takahashi, 27, took their first men's figure skating medal with a bronze in Vancouver.

 
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