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Japanese figure skater star Yuzuru Hanyu wins gold at Four Continents

By Agence France-Presse

Japan’s two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu clinched his first Four continents title on Sunday, becoming the first male skater to complete the so-called “Super Slam.”

Gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan poses during the medals ceremony for the men's free skating event at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan poses during the medals ceremony for the men’s free skating event at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Hanyu skated to Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi’s “Seimei” for his free skate, relying on the familiar music that secured his second Olympic gold two years ago at the Pyeongchang Winter Games in South Korea.

The Japanese figure skating star hit a quad Salchow, quad toe-Euler-triple Salchow, a triple Axel, a triple flip as well as level-four spins and footwork, but stumbled on the quad Lutz and fell on an underrotated quad toe.

Gold medallist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (R), silver medallist Jason Brown of the US (C) and bronze medallist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan (L) celebrate during the medals ceremony for the men's free skating event at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan, right, silver medalist Jason Brown of the US, center and bronze medalist Yuma Kagiyama of Japan celebrate during the medals ceremony for the men’s free skating event at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Hanyu scored 187.60 points and racked up 299.42 points overall to secure the title after winning three silver medals at the Four Continents.

“I was disappointed (with my mistakes) but I will be able to prepare for the World Championship by analyzing today’s mistakes,” Hanyu said.

With Sunday’s victory, the 25-year-old became the first male skater to complete the Super Slam of the junior world title, world title, Olympic gold, Grand Prix Final and continental championship.

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men's free skating at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men’s free skating at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships in Seoul on February 9, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

American skater Jason Brown claimed the silver medal with an emotional performance to “Schindler’s List”, posting a personal best score of 180.11 points and 274.82 points overall.

“I’m super excited. I was really focused on going out there and skating my best performance that I could,” Brown said.

Japan’s 16-year-old Yuma Kagiyama delivered an impressive performance to the “Tucker” soundtrack and grabbed the bronze with 270.61 points in his International Skating Union (ISU) Championship debut.

Boyang Jin of China slipped from second to fourth after popping two planned quads into doubles to finish with 267.67 points, while South Korea’s Cha Jun-hwan came up from sixth to fifth at 265.43 points.

Four Continents features top skaters from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

Source: Manila Bulletin

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