Japanese teen Hanyu top men's figure skater

PRITHA SARKAR
Last updated 08:33 15/02/2014
Yuzuru Hanyu
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BEST ON ICE: Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan completes his free skate program to win the men's figure skating title.

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A fall and a stumble could not stop Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu from becoming the first Asian to win the men's Olympic figure skating title at the Sochi Games on Friday (local time).

A day after smashing the 100-point barrier in the short programme, the 19-year-old won a men's competition littered with crash landings and flawed performances with a total of 280.09.

Patrick Chan's hopes of ending Canada's wait for a first men's champion also fell flat after three errors in his free skate left him with a total of 275.62.

Kazakhstan's Denis Ten proved to be the surprise package of the night as a clean programme allowed him to storm back from ninth place following the short to pick up bronze.

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