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Hanyu outdoes himself, breaks own world record

Japanese skater scores 112.72 points in short; Canada leads pairs, dance
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Not even Javier Fernández was a match for Yuzuru Hanyu on this night, as the reigning world champion posted a new world record score of 112.72 in the short program at the 2017 Autumn Classic International. -Getty Images

On a night of spectacular season debuts, none was more jaw-dropping than that of Yuzuru Hanyu, who broke his own world record score for the short program at the 2017 Autumn Classic International in Pierrefonds, Quebec. Also on Friday, Canada flexed its muscles in pairs and dance, with Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford taking the lead in the former and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir setting the pace in the latter.

Men's

Hanyu posted a score of 112.72 in setting a new standard for a men's short program. The two-time world champion floated through his routine to Chopin's "Ballade No. 1", starting off with a quad salchow and going on to land a triple axel and a quad toe-triple toe in the bonus portion of the program. The majority of the Grade of Execution marks he received were +3's, and he was awarded nine perfect 10.00 scores for his program components. His new world record total broke his own previous mark of 110.95, set at the 2015 Grand Prix Final.

Making his first career appearance at a Challenger Series event, Fernández gave a joyful enactment of his Charlie Chaplin short, one that included a quad toe-double toe combination and a quad salchow. Like Hanyu, the Spaniard's spins and step sequence were all rated level 4, and he finished the evening with 101.20 points.

Nam Nguyen landed in third place after skating the best short program of his career. The two-time Autumn Classic silver medalist opened his "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" routine with a quad salchow-triple toe and followed it with a solo quad toe -- marking the first time in his career he landed two quads in the short program. He added a triple axel for good measure, and when the scores were added up, his point total came to 88.40 -- an almost nine-point improvement over his previous personal best.

Ross Miner doubled his planned opening quad and had messy landings on his two other jump elements in his "Downtown" short, and the 2014 Autumn Classic champion settled into eighth with a score of 69.84.

Pairs

Duhamel and Radford gave a clean rendition of their short to a cover version of the U2 classic "With or Without You." The former two-time world champions landed their side-by-side triple lutzes as well as their throw triple lutz, and they earned GOEs ranging from 0.90 to 1.40 for their seven elements. For the segment, the Canadians registered 77.14 points.

Not to be outdone, Vanessa James and Morgan Ciprès skated error free as well, piling up 73.48 points for their performance of their "Make It Rain" short. The European bronze medalists executed several dynamic elements during the program, including their opening triple twist (1.40 GOE), side-by-side triple salchows (1.40 GOE) and Level 4 step sequence (1.68 GOE). Sitting in second place, the French couple is in position to win its second consecutive silver medal at this competition.

Julianne Séguin and Charlie Bilodeau finished third in the segment with a score of 61.72. Skating to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Lorde, the reigning Autumn Classic champions performed six of their seven elements cleanly, but Séguin doubled her salchow, causing the team to lose valuable points.

Sitting in fourth place are Americans Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran. The two-time Autumn Classic medalists totaled 58.64 points for their "Fallin" program, which included a fall (Tran) and a near fall (Castelli) on the team's side-by-side triple salchows.

Team USA's Jessica Calalang and Zach Sidhu occupy the fifth spot in the standings following a 56.22-point performance of their "Kiss" short program.

Ice dance

Virtue and Moir were splendid throughout their short dance to a medley of classic rock songs. The reigning world champions earned all GOEs of +2 and +3 and were the only team in the field to perform three Level 4 elements (rhumba section, twizzles, lift). With a segment score of 79.96, the accomplished Canadian duo will take a lead of more than 10 points into Saturday's free dance.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje tallied 69.32 points for their Cuban mambo short dance, landing them in second place. The Canadian silver medalists didn't have their sharpest skate, experiencing a small bobble on their twizzles and earning a Level 4 on just one element (ironically, the aforementioned twizzles).

Nipping at Weaver and Poje's heels are Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, who racked up 68.80 points for their short to "Bossa Cubana" and "Gopher mambo." The Canadian bronze medalists were awarded a higher technical element score than Weaver and Poje (36.08 to 34.96), but their program components mark (32.72) was a bit lower than that of the runners-up (34.36).

Americans Lorraine McNamara and Quinn Carpenter hold down the fourth spot in the standings after accruing 62.00 points on the day. The former world junior champions were one of only of only three teams in the field (Virtue and Moir, and Gilles and Poirier were the others) to not have a single negative GOE on their scoresheet.