Apr 01, 2016

    Hanyu leaves rivals in cold, set to regain world title


    JAPAN'S 2014 Olympic and world champion Yuzuru Hanyu is poised to take back the crown he handed over to Javier Fernandez a year ago after a brilliant performance on Wednesday at the World Figure Skating Championships.

    Hanyu came into the 2016 championships as the gold medal favourite given the jaw-dropping record scores he set earlier this season.

    In the opening short programme, he more than met expectations and the crowd at Boston's TD Garden roared their approval at the end of his seemingly flawless skate.

    On a night when arch rivals Fernandez, of Spain, and Canadian Patrick Chan failed to stay upright, Hanyu reeled off a quadruple salchow and quad toe-triple toe loop combination. He then sailed through his triple Axel in an intricately choreographed programme set to Chopin.

    The Japanese earned 110.56 points to establish a commanding lead ahead of Fernandez (98.52) and Chan (94.84) going into today's final.