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GP Final champ Hanyu books Sochi berth
 
 
 


TOKYO - Grand Prix Final champion Yuzuru Hanyu recovered from an early tumble to win the men’s title at the Japanese national figure skating championships, booking a spot at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. With a 9.88-point lead after the short programme, Hanyu fell on his opening quadruple salchow but nailed his next element, a quadruple toe loop, as he skated to “Romeo and Juliet” by Nino Rota in Saitama on Sunday. The 19-year-old earned 194.70 points in the free programme for a total of 297.80, better than three-time world champion Patrick Chan’s world record of 295.27 set last month at the Trophee Eric Bompard in Paris. But Hanyu’s new mark will not be recognised by the International Skating Union as the national event is not sanctioned by the world body.–AFP

 
 
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