Dominant Hanyu breaks own record in NHK short
Japanese phenom tops mark he set at Skate America; Takahashi lands second, Fernández third
|Yuzuru Hanyu's 95.32 points were the highest ever recorded in a men's short program. (Getty Images)|
Performing to "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore, Hanyu hit a quad toe loop, triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe. He also picked up Level 4s for his three spins to score 95.32 points, surpassing his previous world record of 95.07 points from Skate America.
"Today, I was so happy with all my jumps," Hanyu said. "I was able to perform very well in two competitions in a row and show my best.
"I'm not used to it (on setting record scores). I saw the number 95, and it still felt surreal."
Takahashi opened his rock 'n' roll short program with a quad toe, but stumbled out of it. The world silver medalist recovered to produced a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a triple Axel and Level 4 footwork and spins. The Japanese champion posted a new season's best with 87.47 points.
"Technically, there were some mistakes in my jumps and spins, and I need to work on that more," Takahashi said. "But compared to the performance I showed in China, I have come back, and I'm able to enjoy skating this program as well. I think it's been a confidence booster."
Fernández's program to The Mask of Zorro featured a quadruple toe loop, a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe, as well as two Level 4 spins. The reigning Grand Prix Final bronze medalist achieved a new season's best with 86.23 points.
"I am really happy with this performance," Fernández said. "It was a good start and a good ending, and I fought for absolutely everything in the program. I am happy because the work we've done in Toronto is working."
Japan's Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in a fall and withdrew due to injury.