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Figure skating: Olympic champ Hanyu wins Autumn Classic

(From L) Cha Jun Hwan, Yuzuru Hanyu and Roman Sadovsky smile after competing in the Autumn Classic International in Canada on Sept. 22, 2018. (Kyodo)
Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs in the men's short program at the Autumn Classic International in Oakville, Canada, on Sept. 21, 2018. (Kyodo)

OAKVILLE, Canada (Kyodo) -- Japan's two-time men's Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu marked his season debut with victory on Saturday at the Autumn Classic International, an ISU Challenger Series event held ahead of the Grand Prix season.

Hanyu, taking part in his first competition since becoming the first men's back-to-back Olympic champion in 66 years in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, placed second in the free skate but prevailed with a total score of 263.65 points at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex.

South Korea's Cha Jun Hwan, who won the free skate, placed second with 259.78 points and Canada's Roman Sadovsky was third with 233.86.

Hanyu, who had a healthy lead after Friday's short program, nailed his first two quads but fell on a quad salchow late in his program to "Origin" and also had a quad toeloop downgraded to a double.

"It really stings," Hanyu said of his mistakes on his jumps.

"I was just about able to win on points but I was in no way able to perform my program as well as I wanted to. From my heart I really want to become stronger."

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