Hanyu Wins First Competition Of Season


Hanyu wins first competition of season

Japan's two-time Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu has won the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Canada, marking a victorious start to the 2019-2020 season.

Hanyu came out on top in his free skate on Saturday, after winning the short program on Friday.

Hanyu made a shaky landing in the opening quad loop and stepped out of a quad Salchow. He also under-rotated the second quad toe loop, but managed to land a flawless combination jump with a triple Axel. The double-gold medalist also achieved the highest-level four ratings for his steps and spins.

Hanyu scored 180.67 points in the free skate, racking up a winning total of 279.05.

Hanyu said that he was a little surprised that he lost his balance in the quad loop and the quad Salchow.

He said he never had difficulty with loops before and said that he was disappointed because he was in good shape until he got there. He added that he wanted to have skated without making any mistakes.

Hanyu is turning his attention to two events at the ISU Grand Prix series. He will compete at Skate Canada International in October in Kelowna, British Columbia and NHK Trophy in November in Sapporo, Japan.