Monday, 17th February 2014
Japan achieves first Sochi Gold
Japan has won its first medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics achieving a gold medal in the men's figure skating on Friday (February 14th ) for the first time in history.
Skater Yuzuru Hanyu achieved the accolade with the record -breaking score of 101.45 points in Thursday's short programme, despite falling twice in the freeskate event.
The victory was made all the sweeter due to the fact it is Japan's first Gold
in the Winter Olympics since the 2006 Turin Games, when Shizuka Arakawa swept to victory and took Gold in the Women's Figure Skating title.
Approximately 13 per cent of the Japanese population tuned in to watch 19-year-old Hanyu's heart-stopping performance.
"I thought the Gold medal was not in my hands," the skater told reporters. "I was so nervous and I was so tired."
Hanyu was up against the defending champion Patrick Chan of Canada, who has secured the
Gold no fewer than three times previously.
Written by Susan Ballion
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