Yuzuru Hanyu attempts quad axel and wins sixth Japanese national title

Yuzuru Hanyu during day four of the 90th All Japan Figure Skating Championships on December 26, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images)

The 2022 Japanese Figure Skating Championships culminated on Sunday with the men’s discipline – and history was created.

Two-time Olympic and two-time World champion Yuzuru Hanyu began his free skate program with a quad axel attempt – unable to fully rotate the jump but avoiding a fall. Unfortunately, the element was downgraded by the judges.

Performing his Heaven and Earth program, the 27-year-old figure skater also completed a quad Salchow, a triple axel-double toe loop combination, a triple loop, a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, a quad toe loop-Euler-triple Salchow combination, and a triple axel. He received a score of 211.05 points for the performance and earned a total competition score of 322.36 points to win his sixth Japanese national title.

A four-time national champion, Shoma Uno started his free skate routine with three consecutive quads – a loop, a Salchow, and a flip. Performing his program to Boléro, he later completed a triple axel, two quad toe loops, and a triple axel-Euler-triple flip combination. The 24-year-old Uno received a score of 193.94 points for the performance and earned a total score of 295.82 points – winning the silver medal.

2020 Japanese junior national champion Yuma Kagiyama claimed his third consecutive national bronze medal. The 18-year-old figure skater began his free skate routine with a quad Salchow, a triple Lutz, a quad toe loop-triple toe loop combination, and a triple axel-Euler-double Salchow combination. Skating to music from Gladiator, Kagiyama completed his performance with a quad toe loop, a triple flip-triple loop combination, and a triple axel. He received the second best free skate score in the competition of 197.26 points and earned a total score of 292.41 points.

Final Results

  1. Yuzuru Hanyu – 322.36
  2. Shoma Uno – 295.82
  3. Yuma Kagiyama – 292.41
  4. Kao Miura – 276.16
  5. Kazuki Tomono – 263.67
  6. Sena Miyake – 252.82
  7. Shun Sato – 252.13
  8. Sota Yamamoto – 240.18
  9. Tatsuya Tsuboi – 235.21
  10. Koshiro Shimada – 233.67
  11. Keiji Tanaka – 232.42
  12. Lucas Tsuyoshi Honda – 225.22
  13. Sumitada Moriguchi – 201.30
  14. Takeru Kataise – 199.65
  15. Mitsuki Sumoto – 199.62
  16. Kosho Oshima – 195.04
  17. Kazuki Kushida – 186.99
  18. Reo Ishizuka – 178.01
  19. Takumi Sugiyama – 174.70
  20. Nozomu Yoshioka – 170.57
  21. Taichiro Yamakuma – 170.56
  22. Kazuki Hasegawa – 161.92
  23. Rei Suzuki – 158.69
  24. Gakuto Suzuki – 152.85

Did not qualify for free skate:

  1. Shunsuke Nakamura – 52.78
  2. Takaya Tsujimura – 50.03
  3. Tatuma Furuya – 46.59
  4. Yuga Furusho – 45.99
  5. Yuto Kishina – 45.92
  6. Kimichika Wada – 42.34
  7. Koutaro Hayakawa – 38.52
  8. Yoshimasa Hori – 35.83

Judges’ Scores


Pairs; Final Results

  1. Miyu Yunoki & Shoya Ichihashi – 115.72

Judges’ Scores

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