Yuzuru Hanyu takes first national crown
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won his first national title after he showed breathtaking performances in both of his programs at the Japan National Championships in Sapporo.
Before the free skating program Hanyu had a big margin over his main rival Daisuke Takahashi. In the end the difference in points was too large for defending champion to bridge in the men’s free skate as the 18-year-old Yuzuru Hanyu scored a total of 285.23 points for an unofficial world record to claim the first place.
Takahashi finished second with 280.40 points showing very beautiful and strong skating.
Takahito Mura captured the bronze medal with 242.70 points.