Hanyu improves short program WR at NHK Trophy

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SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu improved his own world record in the short program on Friday to take the lead in the men's competition at the NHK Trophy, the sixth and final event of the International Skating Union's GP series.

The 17-year-old Hanyu, a native of Sendai, hit all his jumps for a score of 95.32 points to finish first ahead of compatriot Daisuke Takahashi and Spain's Javier Fernandez.

Hanyu opened with a quad toeloop and executed a flawless triple axel. He also had a triple lutz, triple toeloop combination en route to besting his world mark of 95.07 set at Skate America last month.

Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2011 world champions, were first after the short dance with 69.86 points followed by 2011 NHK champions Maia and Alex Shibutani with 60.84 points.

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