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Hanyu-Machida-Fernandez Men’s Medalists

SHORT PROGRAM:

Tatsuki Machida (JPN) was 1st followed by Javier Fernandez (ESP) and Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN).

Machida’s mesmerizing performance to East of Eden scored 98.21, exceeding a previous personal best by seven points. The 24 year-old landed a 4T+3T combination, 3A and Level4 footwork.  “It was the best short program of two years’, said Machida proudly.

Fernandez jazzed his routine to Satan Takes a Holiday with a 4S, 3A, and a 3Lz-3T combination. The spins and footwork received Level4 and earned him a personal best 96.42 points. “After the Olympics, it was hard to get back to training, but my coaches pushed me”, said the 22 year-old.

Reining Olympic gold medalist, Hanyu, underrotated his 4T, but nailed the 3A, 3Lz-3T combination and earned Level4 on the spins and footwork. The 45.50 Component score was the highest of the event and pushed his score to 91.24 points. “Even though I made a mistake in the first toe loop, I calculated the score and tried to recover the points by performing high point elements,” the 19 year-old told the press.

Tomas Verner (CZE) is only 2 points behind Hanyu in 4th  place with 89.09, Han Yan (CHN) was 5th  (86.70), and Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) finished 6th  (85.54).

FREE PROGRAM:

Yuzuru Hanyu edged out his Japanese teammate, Tatsuki Machida, by .023 points and Javier Fernandez (ESP) repeated as bronze medalist.

Hanyu took center stage in a Johnny Weir designed costume and reeled off two quads, three combinations (3A-3T, 3A-2T, and 3Lz-1Lo-3S) and a 3Lz. His 3F had an edge deduction, but no fall like Sochi. “Today wasn’t perfect, but I’m very glad I was able to skate my Romeo & Juliet very well to the end,” said Hanyu. Two spins and the footwork were Level 4. The two-time Japanese National Champion’s FS was 13 points higher than at the Olympics, and it brought the home crowd to its feet.

Machida’s Firebird, earned a personal best 184.05 score. The 24 year-old did a 4T and three combinations (4T-2t, 3A-3t, and 3F-2T-2Lo).  A criticism of his Quads is the preparation far down the ice, which telegraphs the jumps. The 3A and 3Lo were a bit wonky and received negative GOE marks. “I was a little short of first place, but I am hoping I can improve for the next season,” he told the press. This was Machida’s first senior Worlds, and he came with a new costume.

Fernandez completed three quads, one in the second half that amassed 13.69 points.  The three combinations received negative GOE marks, but the high base value still increased the score. The Toronto-based skater earned Level4 spins.  He scored a season’s best 179.51 points but dropped to third.  “I did a good program. I am completely happy.  It was a great competition”, said Fernandez.

Maxim Kovtun (RUS) vaulted from 7th to 4th (247.37 points). Jeremy Abbott  (USA), in his final competitive skate, was 4th in the Free Program. He jumped from 8th to 5th  (246.35). Takahiko Kozuka (JPN) remained in 6th place (238.02 points).

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