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Olympics: Japan's Hanyu stars as Plushenko bows out

Published on Feb 14, 2014 5:46 AM
 
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu performs during the Men's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb 13, 2014.  Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu gave a stunning display to put him on the road to Olympic gold as Russian veteran Yevgeny Plushenko called time on his long career after withdrawing injured from the Sochi Games. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Japanese star Yuzuru Hanyu gave a stunning display to put him on the road to Olympic gold as Russian veteran Yevgeny Plushenko called time on his long career after withdrawing injured from the Sochi Games.

In a dramatic night of action at the Iceberg Skating Palace 19-year-old Hanyu set a new world record score in the men's short programme to open up a 3.93-point lead on three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Canada.

Two-time gold Olympic medallist Plushenko had earlier stunned the crowd when he withdrew before he competed complaining of a recurring back injury.

"Amateur sport is finished for me. Maybe not in the way that I wanted. But I leave with a gold medal, that is also great," the 31-year-old said.

 
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