Hanyū Defends Olympic Figure Skating Title, First in 66 Years


Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Hanyū Yuzuru won gold in men's single figure skating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Saturday, becoming the first man in 66 years to earn two consecutive Olympic golds in the sport.

Making a stellar comeback from an injury, Hanyū, 23, defended the title he gained in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in Russia. He also marked Japan's first Pyeongchang gold.

The previous winner of such back-to-back golds was Dick Button of the United States, now aged 88. He won in the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics in Switzerland and the 1952 Oslo Olympics in Norway.

In the Pyeongchang event, Hanyū took first place in Friday's short program and ranked second in Saturday's free skate program. He won by tallying 317.85 total points.

Japan's Uno Shōma, 20, earned silver in his first participation in the Olympics. He finished with 306.90 points.

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