Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu sets record score to win NHK Trophy, qualify for GP Final

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Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu sets record score to win NHK Trophy, qualify for GP Final


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(AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu set a record score for the second straight night to win the NHK Trophy on Saturday and qualify for the Grand Prix Final.
Hanyu won the free skate to finish with a total of 322.40 points, 55.97 ahead of China’s Jin Boyang. Takahito Mura of Japan was third with 242.21 points.
As well as the record highest total score, Hanyu’s 216.07 free skate score was the highest ever, surpassing 196.75 set by Patrick Chan in 2013 at the Trophy Bompard.
Chan also held the previous record for the most overall points with 295.27.
Skating to “Seimei” by Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi, Hanyu’s dominant free program included three quad jumps and seven triples.
Hanyu and Boyang qualified for December’s GP Final in Barcelona.

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