SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu won Japan’s first Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating Friday at the Sochi Games despite two falls.
Patrick Chan, trying for Canada’s first such victory, took silver. He skated after Hanyu, who left plenty of room for Chan to break through. He could not, making three errors in a water-down program.
World silver medalist Denis Ten of Kazakhstan took the bronze.
All of the medalists had flawed performances, but the 19-year-old Hanyu held on in great part because of his 3.93-point lead after the short program. He is the first Asian man to take Olympic gold.