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Dominant Hanyu breaks own record in NHK short

Japanese phenom tops mark he set at Skate America; Takahashi lands second, Fernández third

Yuzuru Hanyu's 95.32 points were the highest ever recorded in a men's short program.
Yuzuru Hanyu's 95.32 points were the highest ever recorded in a men's short program. (Getty Images)

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By International Skating Union
(11/23/2012) - Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan won the men's short program at the 2012 NHK Trophy, improving his own record score on the way. Daisuke Takahashi of Japan came second and Spain's Javier Fernández finished third.

Performing to "Parisian Walkways" by Gary Moore, Hanyu hit a quad toe loop, triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe. He also picked up Level 4s for his three spins to score 95.32 points, surpassing his previous world record of 95.07 points from Skate America.

"Today, I was so happy with all my jumps," Hanyu said. "I was able to perform very well in two competitions in a row and show my best.

"I'm not used to it (on setting record scores). I saw the number 95, and it still felt surreal."

Takahashi opened his rock 'n' roll short program with a quad toe, but stumbled out of it. The world silver medalist recovered to produced a triple Lutz-triple toe combination, a triple Axel and Level 4 footwork and spins. The Japanese champion posted a new season's best with 87.47 points.

"Technically, there were some mistakes in my jumps and spins, and I need to work on that more," Takahashi said. "But compared to the performance I showed in China, I have come back, and I'm able to enjoy skating this program as well. I think it's been a confidence booster."

Fernández's program to The Mask of Zorro featured a quadruple toe loop, a triple Axel and triple Lutz-triple toe, as well as two Level 4 spins. The reigning Grand Prix Final bronze medalist achieved a new season's best with 86.23 points.

"I am really happy with this performance," Fernández said. "It was a good start and a good ending, and I fought for absolutely everything in the program. I am happy because the work we've done in Toronto is working."

U.S. bronze medalist Ross Miner placed fourth with 72.40 points, and Kevin Reynolds of Canada came in fifth with 70.20 points. America's Richard Dornbush rounded out the top six at 70.05 points.

Japan's Daisuke Murakami dislocated his right shoulder in a fall and withdrew due to injury.